Seattle Aquarium’s SeaChange Luncheon features Ted Danson as keynote
On March 14, the Seattle Aquarium held its SeaChange luncheon with keynote speaker Ted Danson, passionate ocean advocate, celebrated actor and author of Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them. His message was simple: “There are ways we can actually save the oceans with our own individual actions.”
Meeghan Black was the emcee for the event, which also featured Aquarium volunteer Annie Spalding. Annie shared her personal passion for our oceans and how she has embraced a very personal effort to care for Puget Sound by implementing a plastic recycling program at her dental office. She said that volunteering at the Aquarium gave her the opportunity to turn her family’s battle with cancer into a “triumph over tragedy” by providing her with a meaningful way to make a difference.
Over 425 guests attended and generously donated over $118,000. The event was chaired by Seattle Aquarium board members Dianne Bell of Verizon, and Linda Springmann of Holland America Line.
SeaChange was generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Vulcan, Inc., and Luncheon Sponsor Holland America Line. The Aquarium gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of Regence Blue Shield, D.A.Davidson, Washington Trust Bank, Puget Sound Energy, Laird Norton Wealth Management, and Cushman & Wakefield Commerce.
Funds raised at SeaChange will be used to deploy our staff and volunteers on the beach, in classrooms, and at our exhibits to help change what people know, how they feel and what they can do to protect the ocean. We thank all those who attended and supported the Aquarium’s mission of Inspiring Conservation of our Marine Environment!
Bring the family to meet our new river otter, Molalla
Molalla, our new, male North American river otter, is now on exhibit! Born at the Oregon Zoo on January 28, 2013 and named for a river in Oregon, he was transferred to the Seattle Aquarium in January. North American river otters are managed as part of an Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) species survival plan, and it is through this plan that the recommendation was made for Molalla to reside at the Seattle Aquarium.
Molalla was in quarantine for observation for a short while then, once Aquarium biologists had a good understanding of his reactions to his new environment and responses to our other river otters through the protection of our holding area fences, an introduction plan was developed. He spent some time in the river otter exhibit by himself, while our other river otters (Waadah and Skagway) remained in the adjacent holding area. After witnessing a sufficient number of vocalization exchanges and posturing between Molalla and the older river otters, Aquarium biologists made the decision to officially introduce them to one another. All three were given access to the entire river otter exhibit complex so they could choose to be in close proximity or separate themselves during their socialization process.
The socialization process is lengthy, ongoing and is being carefully observed by Aquarium staff and volunteers. Says Curator of Mammals & Birds Traci Belting, “All three males need to figure out who’s the boss on any given day in an ever-changing social dynamic. In the wild, males are often solitary but will form social groups if food resources are abundant, which is certainly the case at the Seattle Aquarium.” She continues, “The acclimation has been progressing well. Lately all three males have been observed sleeping together in one big, furry, river otter pile. It can be difficult to determine where one otter begins and the other ends, with noses, legs and tails sticking out of the pile.”
Come see Molalla in action for yourself at the Seattle Aquarium! Interested in learning more about North American river otters? Click here.