Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Part 1: A Stingray for Lola
Aquarium staff and volunteers participated in an enrichment challenge put on by the IAATE to create inspired bird enrichment devices using rubber. Check out the first of three creative enrichments we came up with and see the fun our birds had!
Thursday, April 24, 2014
An Osprey's out of the ordinary fish hunting technique.
One of the benefits of being out in the field recording data on the Green Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River for NOAA and the Aquarium of the Pacific is that Nature is always putting on a show. This past weekend we were fortunate to witness a rare hunting technique sometimes utilized by Ospreys. Skim Hunting.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
We threw the penguins a party! While it’s breeding season for the penguins, not all of them are stuck at home in their nest box. We planned a bright and colorful enrichment session for a few of the penguins, not currently preoccupied with nesting.
Friday, April 11, 2014
We have had some exciting trips out on the water with the small spring storms and more of the northbound gray whale migration! We have still been seeing many juveniles heading north, which makes sense since many of the whales without calves are the first to pass our coast.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Milo the sea lion does a high back flip. Lou the sea turtle glides through the water. Ollie the sea otter enjoys a slide. These are descriptions of some snapshots of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s critters from the past few months.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
The Aquarium’s magpie Ian seems to like making noise and tapping out a beat with his beak. We gave him a toy piano to see if he could turn the beat into music.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
You know you’ve been an animal care volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific for a long time when you can alley-oop a herring to a sea lion better than Chris Paul can alley-oop a basketball to Blake Griffin and can pitch a clam to the paw of a sea otter more accurately than Clayton Kershaw can pitch a baseball to the glove of a catcher. Check out the rest of the just-for-fun look at a decade-and-a-half-worth of experiences of a longtime Aquarium volunteer.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
“A what killer whale?” This might be the first question you have after reading the title of this blog. Answer: super cool, super rare toothed whales. Read on to see some more information and pictures!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The otters like smoothies. The lorikeets like smoothies. Why not some of our other animals? Enrichment Intern AnnMarie makes a smoothie for our bearded dragon!
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Charlie is a very special sea otter. He was the first otter in the world to give a voluntary blood sample. He participated in a landmark study on sea otter auditory abilities. And he and longtime female otter companion Brook were there in 1998 when the Aquarium of the Pacific first opened. On March 1, 2014, Charlie celebrated his seventeenth birthday.