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Orca update: Actions you can take to #RememberTahlequah

We all love our local southern resident orcas, but they continue to struggle as they face ongoing strain on their local habitat and food supply. The Seattle Aquarium along with numerous local leaders, researchers, conservationists and partners from the Orca Salmon Alliance are advocating for greater protections for this iconic species and the salmon they depend on for food.

Seattle Aquarium hosts ocean acidification event

Seattle Aquarium hosts ocean acidification event

Washington’s shellfish population—clams, oysters and mussels—have been called the “canaries in the coalmine” for ocean acidification. Rising acidity in our local waters has already made it difficult for some shellfish populations to reproduce.

Know your beach-this week from the beach

Know your beach-this week from the beach

Did you get out and explore our beaches this past week during some of the lowest tides we will have this summer? Our naturalists were out every day, mingling with our intertidal neighbors and helping our visitors see and learn about even the tiniest of creatures!

All About Geoducks

All About Geoducks

Geoduck is pronounced goo-ee-duck. Other names for this majestic mollusk: mud duck, king clam and (translated from Chinese) elephant-trunk clam.

Forecast: cloudy with a touch of sediment

Forecast: cloudy with a touch of sediment

Why is the water in the Seattle Aquarium’s exhibits sometimes a bit cloudy? Because it’s pumped directly from Puget Sound, where the underwater weather report has recently included (in addition to 100% humidity) colder temperatures and partially cloudy waters. 

Seattle Aquarium aquarist explains cold-water collection

Seattle Aquarium aquarist explains cold-water collection

Ever wondered where the Aquarium gets new animals for its exhibits? Not surprisingly, it isn’t simply a matter of heading to a local beach with a bucket at low tide. Below, staff aquarist Kathryn Kegel provides a behind-the-scenes peek at the Seattle Aquarium’s cold-water collection methods.

World Ocean Weekend event

Seattle Aquarium celebrates World Oceans Day with World Ocean Weekend event

People around the world celebrated World Oceans Day on June 8—but the Seattle Aquarium expanded the festivities into two days with World Ocean Weekend on June 13 and 14.  Through a variety of engaging demonstration and fun activities, Aquarium guests learned how everyone—no matter where they live—can be an ocean hero while helping to keep our marine environment clean and healthy. 

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