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What an amazing and humbling week it was, as so many of you stepped up and made a commitment to GiveBIG to the Seattle Aquarium. With your generous support, we reached our full $50,000 match and then some! Thank you again to Pat & Al Friedrich, Brad & Lesley Canfield, Susie Sheppard Wyckoff, and the Kongsgaard Goldman Fund for providing the match funds—and to every single individual who supported the Aquarium this week!

Missed your chance to donate during GiveBIG? You can still provide much-needed support via our website—and every bit counts.

We hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse of the Aquarium during our temporary closure and meeting a few of the staff members who are working hard to care for our animals and facility while we’re closed to the public. And did you have a chance to check out the simple, sustainable and outright delicious recipe from our own Executive Chef Molly DeMers?


While we usual focus on animal facts for our trivia, this week we’re going to try to stump you with some questions about our staff, volunteers and facility. You might be surprised at some of the answers!

1. What samples are collected by Seattle Aquarium biologists to study hormones?
A. Poop
B. Scales
C. Saliva
D. Food samples at Costco, pre-COVID
E. Feathers

2. In 2019, Seattle Aquarium volunteers donated how many hours of service, at a dollar value of what?
A. 10,000/$400,000
B. 45,000/$90,000
C. 90,000/$1.5 million
D. 113,423/$2.8 million

3. Pre-COVID, the Seattle Aquarium had 25 staff divers and over 100 volunteer divers—all of whom must be certified to dive in our exhibits. To what depth are recreational scuba divers certified?
A. 100 feet
B. 130 feet
C. 200 feet
D. 230 feet

4. The Seattle Aquarium has a coral propagation “farm” behind the scenes, where we grow fragments of coral until they’re large enough to move into an exhibit or be shared with another facility. What do our staff biologists use to hold together coral fragments?
A. Super glue
B. Clay
C. Saliva
D. Duct tape

5. An intricate system of pumps and pipes brings how many gallons of saltwater into the Aquarium from Elliott Bay every single minute of every single day?
A. 500
B. 750
C. 1,000
D. 4,0000


That’s right, moms—we didn’t forget you! Try your luck with these questions about moms in the marine environment, and be on the lookout for our email on Sunday with a very special birthday/Mother’s Day message!

6. How long is the gestation period of an orca?
A. 6 months
B. 9 months
C. 12 months
D. 16 months

7. How many babies can a mature rockfish have at one time?
A. 100,000
B. 250,000
C. 500,000
D. 1,000,000

8. True or false? Sea otter mothers give birth in the water.

9. For how long do male resident orca offspring stay with their mothers?
A. One year
B. Five years
C. 20 years
D. Their entire lives

10. True or false? Some kinds of fish can be both mothers and fathers throughout their lifespans.


Here are a few activities you can do on your own—discover even more here!

  • Get creative with our animal trainer and scuba diver coloring sheets.
  • Warm- and cold-water scuba divers look pretty different when they’re all suited up. Check out this diagram to see how they differ—and where they’re similar.
  • Try your hand at this codebreaker and to discover something to request of an interpreter after we reopen!
  • Can you spot the differences in these images of an interpreter in our Underwater Dome exhibit?


Who’s ready for a virtual trip to the tropics? Next week we're featuring the fascinating animals found in warmer waters of the Pacific, with plenty of videos, activities, fascinating facts and more. Don’t miss it! We’ll post our weekly schedule on Sunday—and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for even more great content.

Trivia answers:

  1. A, C, E
  2. D—thank you again and always to our incredible volunteers!
  3. B
  4. A
  5. D
  6. D—yikes!
  7. C. Rockfish are ovoviviparous, which means eggs remain in the mother until they hatch and the mother gives birth to the tiny hatchlings.
  8. True. Sea otters can do everything they need to do in the water—including giving birth.
  9. D. Male and female offspring alike remain with their family group (pod) throughout their lives.
  10. True. Many species of fish, such as wrasses and anemone fish, can spend part of their lives as a female, and part of their lives as male.



Please consider a gift that will help us continue providing the best care for all our animals,
support our staff, advance science-based policies to protect marine wildlife, and expand our
at-home engagement and learning opportunities during our temporary closure.

A gift of any size makes a difference.

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