Tuesday, October 01, 2013
I’m sure many of you, over your visits to the Aquarium, have noticed chew- toys in the otter exhibit, lorikeets picking at carved pumpkins or melons, discarded parts from a popular, potato-faced children’s toy outside the octopus’s cave, and the sea lions hopping on and jumping off floating rafts in their exhibit. These are all types of animal enrichment.
Fall in line and prepare to smile. The penguin chicks are on the march!
Friday, September 27, 2013
The end of August was full of excitement with more lunge feeding, krill at the surface and many familiar flukes! A part of our research on-board deals with identifying the different individuals of blues that visit us every year and we’ve had some whales come back to the area multiple times. Read more to find out which whales we have been sighting!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Training a shark to participate in its own husbandry care.
How do you get a nearly 8 foot long free swimming shark out of the water for a checkup? With a sea lion or sea otter the animal can be trained to get into a transport kennel when asked. Nicky, an Aquarium of the Pacific aquarist, decided to train Fern the Zebra Shark to willingly swim onto a transport stretcher using the same training techniques used to train marine mammals.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The Penguin Soap Opera Continues
The Penguin love triangle that involved the fair maiden from Brazil, the old veteran from San Diego and the young stud from San Francisco has produced a couple of cute chicks. It has also produced a strange twist in the Penguin Soap Opera in the June Keyes Penguin Exhibit.
Friday, August 23, 2013
So far, August has not disappointed as one of our best months to see blue whales! Not only are we seeing the blues but we are seeing them feeding on krill at the surface. This type of behavior is
called surface lunge feeding and it makes for a pretty memorable experience as a guest on board and even for us educators! Read on to hear more about our blue whale stories.
Friday, August 16, 2013
As I was leaving the exhibit after a recent pinniped presentation a little kid excitedly ran up to me just say “I like your seal the best!” The “seal” I was working with that day was Harpo the Sea Lion. This charismatic raspberry-blowing member of the species Zalophus californianus had made another fan!
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
We kicked off our July with spectacular whale sightings and it has only been getting better! We have been seeing at least three blue whales per trip and even fin whales and minkes as well! In the month of July we had NINTEY-FOUR blue whale sightings alone! Keep reading to find out more!
Thursday, August 01, 2013
And aerial view of the Aquarium of the Pacific in 2000
Back at the turn of the century I took some aerial shots of the Aquarium of the Pacific. These images show the young facility in its original configuration. In honor of the Aquarium’s 15th Anniversary I’d like to share this shots in this week’s blog.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The marine mammals of Alaska's Inside Passage
Most people on a cruise ship spend their time partaking in the many party-like activities onboard. My wife and I however spent our time at sea watching for whales. It turned out to be an exciting choice. This week’s blog chronicles the marine mammals seen on a cruise to Alaska’s Inside Passage.