Partnering in the effort to understand “melting” sea stars
In late 2013, some sunflower sea stars in British Columbia, Washington and California—and even along the Seattle waterfront—began dying from a condition that gives the impression of “melting.” The Seattle Aquarium joined the effort to understand the condition, which has been named Sea Star Wasting Disease (SSWD) and its cause. LEARN MORE>
Fur seal research
Seattle Aquarium staff members are often asked by government agencies such as NOAA to participate on research efforts in the wild. This allows them to collaborate with other scientists, share their expertise, deepen their knowledge about marine animals and research methods, and gain greater understanding of the marine animals on exhibit at the Aquarium.