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Eggs-cellent adaptations protect cliff-dwelling seabird eggs
Seabirds nest in remote rookeries, often on high cliffs. Their eggs are adapted to survive the sometimes harsh, highly vertical environment where the birds nest.
Sharks have the same five senses as humans – plus one more!
Check out our "kid friendly" podcast that's all about sharks! This exclusive podcast includes terms that people of all ages can understand. You'll learn how sharks use their senses of hearing, smell, touch, taste, and sight. They also have a sixth sense, the ability to sense electricity.
Adapting to long summer days at high latitudes.
During the summer months above the Arctic Circle, the sun may stay above the horizon for up to weeks or months. Wildlife at these latitudes adapt to the absence of night.
The diminutive fish returns to the beaches of Southern California
Each year grunion return to the sandy beaches of Southern California to lay their eggs. This unusual spectacle is readily observable during a walk on the beach, provided you’re willing to stay up late enough.
A look at the world of whales.
Desray Reeb, Ph.D., is what is commonly called a whale hugger. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where her research included studies of pygmy right whales, mike, humpback, and both northern and southern right whales. More recently she has participated in studies of the northern Pacific right whale in the Bering Sea and sperm whales and other cetaceans in the Gulf of California.
Breeding marine animals in the Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarists at the Aquarium of the Pacific have achieved remarkable success in breeding marine organisms. This often involves interesting challenges that result from the unusual ways in which ocean-dwelling animals breed.
The remarkable adaptations of deep-diving seals
Seals have remarkable adaptations for surviving the cold, pressure, and darkness of deep water.
Rediscovering Kalabeck’s monitor
Monitors are intelligent carnivorous lizards that include the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world. A species of monitor known as “Kalabeck’s monitor” was rediscovered in the 1990s after it had been re-identified as a distinct species. Baxter the monitor at the Aquarium is an example of this species.
An inoffensive shark with a fearsome visage
The menacing-looking sand tiger shark is unfairly labeled as a man-eater. The species is vulnerable across much of its range due to bycatch and recreational fishing. In Australia, efforts to restore the sharks’ population include endangered species listing, recovery planning, and captive breeding.
The Aquarium provides a safe haven for numerous animals.
There are rescue animals, or animals that would not be able to survive in the wild, that reside at the Aquarium of the Pacific, including sea otters, sea lions, and other marine creatures. One of those is a recent addition to the Aquarium family, a sea lion named Odin. Despite the fact that Odin is nearly blind, he has acclimated to his new home quite nicely.
Interesting Information on Our Sea Otter Habitat
An informative talk on the sea otters in our Sea Otter Habitat located in the Northern Pacific Gallery here at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Horned Puffins Flocking to Southern California
There are several types of diving birds that can be found at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The Horned Puffins, in particular, prove to be popular among visitors. And Horned Puffins have been sighted in Southern California more than ever before.