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May 25, 2017

Kick off summer fun at the Seattle Aquarium and on local beaches!

Meet us at the beach! 2017 Summer Beach Naturalist program
Join trained volunteers and explore our local beaches and the amazing animals that live there! Beach Naturalists will be stationed at 12 different beaches on low-tide days throughout the summer starting May 25. Visit SeattleAquarium.org/beach-naturalist for dates, times, locations and driving directions.

Family Science Weekend, May 27-29
Participate in activities to learn about science and research taking place at the Seattle Aquarium. Look in microscopes and see the plankton we find in the water beneath the Aquarium. Bring in your own stuffed animal for a check-up! Learn how the Aquarium keeps animals healthy. Hands-on activities, special talks and demonstrations will help the whole family discover science in a fun way.

World Ocean Weekend, June 10–11
Celebrate the world’s one big ocean with us and learn to be an ocean hero! Everyone, no matter where they live, can help keep the ocean clean and healthy. We'll show you how with a variety of hands-on activities and special demonstrations. We’ll also have a special show featuring Captain Barnacles and Kwazii Kitten, Octonauts: To Your Stations! Show times are 11am, and 1pm.

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Admission fees (effective June 1, 2017): Adults $29.95; Youth (4–12) $19.95; Children 3 and under are admitted free.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


February 17, 2017

Sound Conversations at the Seattle Aquarium

WHEN:
March 2: Lynda Mapes, Rescuing Rialto: Conservation and Compassion
April 6: Jonathan White, TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean
May 17: Michael Werner, The Making of Mystery Sharks, a KCTS 9 Wildlife Detectives Documentary

WHERE: Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA

WHAT: Join the conversation with host Jeff Renner, an Emmy-award-winning producer of science documentaries, as we delve into the journalistic efforts that bring forth critical environmental stories. Three great local writers will bring their hard work and skillful storytelling to share the discovery and exploration of fascinating animals, places and forces of nature.

WHO:
March 2: Lynda Mapes, Rescuing Rialto: Conservation and Compassion

Lynda Mapes is a newspaper reporter and author, an explorer and reveler in the natural world. We’ll take a look at the extraordinary rescue of Rialto, the stranded baby sea otter and how the Seattle Times teamed up with the Aquarium to tell this story of conservation and compassion.

April 6: Jonathan White, TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean
We’ll journey around the globe with writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. White is an active marine conservationist, and holds an MFA in creative nonfiction.

May 17: Michael Werner, The Making of Mystery Sharks, a KCTS 9 Wildlife Detectives Documentary
Michael Werner, five-time Emmy award winning filmmaker and journalist, and the researchers from the Seattle Aquarium will take you beneath the surface to discover the science and lore of one of the ocean's largest and most mysterious predators, the sixgill shark.

MORE INFO: Doors open at 7pm for a reception in Seattle Aquarium’s Life on the Edge Exhibit. Program begins at 7:30pm in the Ackerley Foundation Puget Sound Hall.

COST: $10 advance tickets/ $15 day of event. Purchase online at SeattleAquarium.org/Sound-Conversations.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


February 9, 2017

Media/Calendar advisory

Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers playing live at the Seattle Aquarium

February 23, 8pm
Join us for an evening with Ray Troll and his merry band of artist-musicians hailing from the town of Ketchikan.

You know Troll best for his “fin” art: part scientific illustration, part humor and irreverence. But did you know Ray Troll has also been in love with the guitar since he first saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan in 1964? During a turn as a substitute art teacher in the mid-80s, Ray met Russell Wodehouse and Shauna Lee, two teens who had been riding the British synth pop craze with their own brand of pop music. Thirty years later, the trio is still hitting the stage with a unique sound and delicious visuals.

The music they play has been described by some as sub-aquatic neo-folk n’ fish-rock. They put on a fun and uniquely Alaskan show, complete with a “sockeyedelic” light show.

Ray says, “We’ll be playing in front of the big Window on Washington Waters exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium, one of my favorite places on the planet. This promises to be a truly magical evening not only because we’ll have salmon and rockfish looking over our shoulders but also because my son’s band ‘The Amish Robots’ will be opening for us! And it’s right in the middle of Octopus Week!”

So join us at the Aquarium to rock out with the rockfish and shimmy with the salmon and enjoy an evening like none other.
Tickets: $15 advance; $20 at the door
Doors at 7pm

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


February 7, 2017

Media Advisory

Octopus Week and The Prequel: Octopus Blind Date at the Seattle Aquarium

It’s an animal of mystery and legend. An icon. And one of the coolest creatures in Puget Sound, the giant Pacific octopus. Celebrate Valentine’s Day, President’s Day Weekend and mid-winter break with this very special local celebrity.

The prequel: Octopus Blind Date on Tuesday, February 14 starting at noon.
Watch live to see if romance blossoms between our male and female giant Pacific octopuses, Pancake and Raspberry, when they meet for the very first time on Valentine’s Day. Aquarium biologists will set the mood with decorative hearts, roses and romantic music at the Octopus exhibit. Will her three hearts skip a beat? Will he wrap his eight arms around her? Join us to find out!

The main event: Octopus Week, Saturday February 18 through Sunday, February 26
Celebrate with us as we explore the mystery and magic of this amazing undersea animal with daily octopus feedings and talks, plus hands-on activities. In addition, the following action-packed activities are always highlights of Octopus Week:

  • Live octopus release on Saturday, February 18 at noon. Watch live video feed as our biologists escort one of our octopuses to a new home in Puget Sound, just below the Aquarium’s pier. The following Saturday, February 25 at noon, another octopus will be released.
  • Divers swimming with an octopus on February 19, 20 and 26 at noon in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Get a really good view of an octopus and find out all kinds of cool information about this iconic Puget Sound animal.

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Admission fees: Adults $24.95; Youth (4–12) $16.95; Children 3 and under are admitted free.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


February 2, 2017

Seattle Aquarium bestows marine conservation honors

SEATTLE—On January 26, the Seattle Aquarium conferred its top awards at its annual Chairman’s Dinner to community and scientific leaders who have worked to preserve and protect marine environments both locally and around the world.

William W. Stelle, Jr. was honored with the 2017 Seattle Aquarium Medal, which is presented each year to an individual whose leadership and lifetime accomplishments reflect the mission of the Seattle Aquarium: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.

Will Stelle has served in a variety of positions within the federal system over the course of his career. He led the NOAA Fisheries Service in the Pacific Northwest and California as a political appointee of the Clinton and Obama administrations, managing the listings of salmon and steelhead populations under the Endangered Species Act in the coastal west. Will has also served as the chief architect for salmon recovery strategies covering hydropower, hatcheries, harvests and riverine, estuarine and marine habitats vital for salmon. He’s been at the center of some of the region’s most contentious natural resource engagements over the last two decades. He led major structural reforms of marine fisheries management and marine mammal conservation endeavors. He played a major role in leading NOAA’s tribal fiduciary responsibilities, and in ongoing congressional engagements, and served as co-chair of the Puget Sound federal caucus during the Obama administration, along with the EPA.

Prior to his NOAA tenure, Will held a variety of policy positions dealing with environmental and natural resource programs in Washington, D.C. Within the federal executive branch, he served as associate director for natural resources with the White House Office on Environmental Policy, overseeing federal lands, endangered species and natural resource policies. Before that he was special assistant to the secretary of the interior where he helped promulgate and implement the Northwest Forest Plan.

Will also served as chief counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, as general counsel for the House Fish and Wildlife Subcommittee, and as staff counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs.

Marco B.A. Hatch, a member of the Samish Indian Nation and Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University (WWU) received the Seattle Aquarium Conservation Research Award, which honors individuals performing leadership research in the field.

Hatch received his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Prior to WWU he directed the Salish Sea Research Center at Northwest Indian College. The Salish Sea Research Center is charged with preparing the next generation of native environmental scientists and leaders through fostering respect for Indigenous knowledge and providing students with a solid background in scientific methods. Hatch’s research focuses on the nexus of people and marine ecology, with a particular focus on clams. At WWU he will continue to make science a more inclusive and welcoming discipline by focusing on issues important to Indigenous people. Through his partnerships with Northwest Indian College and initiatives funded by National Science Foundation he is collaboratively working toward expanding the “discovery space and solutions space” of marine science as a function of a more inclusive set of people, information and ideas.

Past Chair James C. Gurke presented longtime board member J. Terry McLaughlin with the Scott S. Patrick Inspirational Award. Named for the late Aquarium board member and Seattle Seahawks executive who served with extraordinary passion, the award annually recognizes the Seattle Aquarium board member whose service best exemplifies the passion, leadership and enthusiasm which characterized Scott Patrick’s life and board service.

Photos available upon request.

About the Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium is one of Washington State’s leading environmental education and stewardship institutions, and the region’s gathering place for discussion and sharing information about marine conservation. It maintains a number of research initiatives in cooperation with federal, state, zoological and university partners. The Aquarium is located on Pier 59, at 1483 Alaskan Way.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org

 

 

 

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