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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Simply Enriching | Dominique  buttonLink

Simply Enriching

Not all enrichment devices have to be complicated puzzles or handcrafted toys. Sometimes simple things can bring great satisfaction.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Humpbacks Here and Humpbacks There! | Julien  buttonLink

Humpbacks Here and Humpbacks There!

While we spend a lot of time on the water in SoCal, we also like to travel to other places to see and learn about whales. Kera Mathes, our boat programs coordinator, and I recently took a long vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii, where I used to live. We spent ten days in Hilo and Kona looking for whales! Read on to find out what is going on in the world of whales, and check out some great shots taken from the islands.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Sharks | Volunteering

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Positive Reinforcement: It’s Not Just Fish | Hugh  buttonLink

Positive Reinforcement: It’s Not Just Fish

What does it mean when we say that we use positive reinforcement to train our animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific?

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Enrichment

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Reflections of a Seal Pup | Dominique  buttonLink

Reflections of a Seal Pup

What will a seal or sea lion do when they see themselves in a mirror? Do they know they’re looking at themselves? Do they think they’ve met another animal? Enrichment Intern AnnMarie presented our seals and sea lions with their reflections to see how they would respond.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, February 13, 2014

What Would You Like The Otter To Do Instead? | Hugh  buttonLink

What Would You Like The Otter To Do Instead?

How to use positive reinforcement training to stop an undesirable behavior.

Positive reinforcement training is a wonderful way of getting animals to do desired behaviors. But what if you want to stop an undesirable behavior?

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Breachers! | Julien  buttonLink

Breachers!

As we conclude the first month of 2014, we can truly say that it has been a fantastic month of whale watching! January has been the peak month where many of the southbound whales have been sighted. As mentioned in earlier blogs, we have had record breaking numbers of southbound sightings!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Early Birds Get the Worms | Dominique  buttonLink

Early Birds Get the Worms

Some enrichments are so intriguing, everyone wants to use them. I built a feeding enrichment full of worms for some of the foraging shorebirds. It brought in not just the shorebirds, but even the ducks… though they were a little late to the party. And you know what they say: “the early bird gets the worm.”

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Many Faces of Brook the Sea Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

The Many Faces of Brook the Sea Otter

An anthropomorphic look at the expressions of a sea otter

You would think with such a furry face that she wouldn’t be able to display many emotions. However, over the years Brook the sea otter has shown me that her repertoire of facial expressions exceeds that of even the best Oscar-winning actress! This week we’ll take a look at the many faces of Brook the sea otter.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How Do Birds Do That? | Sara  buttonLink

How Do Birds Do That?

Ever wonder why lorikeets sop up their nectar like a mop? Or why penguins replace all of their feathers once a year? This blog post will inform you on some of the amazing adaptations that birds utilize to be so successful in whatever habitat they live in.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Killer Start to 2014…Again! | Julien  buttonLink

A Killer Start to 2014…Again!

Happy New Year, Whale Fans!

The first day of the new year started off with another sighting of the Bigg’s killer whales! Like clockwork, these beautiful whales graced us with their presence yet again on New Year’s Day. This will be the third consecutive year they have been sighted on our whale watches on this exact day. Read on to learn more about our black and white whale friends and much more!

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