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Seattle Aquarium research in Hawaii part 1: reef surveys

Seattle Aquarium research in Hawaii part 1: reef surveys

Wish you had a reason to travel to Hawaii during Seattle’s chilly and wet winters? Then you might envy the Seattle Aquarium biologists who travel to the west coast of Hawaii’s Big Island every winter to conduct annual reef surveys, a research project that launched in 2009.

Creature feature: sablefish

Creature feature: sablefish

Visitors to our Underwater Dome exhibit often ask, “What’s that funny looking gray fish?” Sometimes they’re asking about wolf eels (which aren’t eels, despite their name)—but more often, they’re referring to sablefish.

sockeye salmon

What's that gonzo fish? A sockeye salmon!

That was the question asked by a recent Aquarium visitor after noticing the long hooked nose on a sockeye salmon.

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Pacific spiny lumpsuckers are back!

Always fun to watch and looking a bit like swimming golf balls, Pacific spiny lumpsuckers, Eumicrotremus orbis, have returned to our Puget Sound Fish exhibit. These odd fish get their names from an interesting feature: a sucker disk that they use to adhere to kelp, rock and other surfaces—which helps them resist the strong pull of marine currents. Weak swimmers, their camouflage helps them avoid detection by predators.

Creature feature: the male mouth-brooding Banggai cardinalfish

What does “male mouth-brooding” mean exactly? That the male carries the eggs—in his mouth! That’s an interesting characteristic of all cardinalfish.

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