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Blog: harbor seal

On rounds at the harbor seal exhibit with the Aquarium’s vet

Just what the doctor ordered

Ever wondered what it would be like to be the primary care physician for the 10,000-plus animals that make their homes at the Seattle Aquarium? 


Barney the bubble blower

Visitors to our harbor seal exhibit this month have sometimes been treated to an interesting sight: Barney blowing bubbles in the water. Is he just enjoying the sunshine and goofing around? Nope. The behavior is actually related to the summer breeding season.

Here comes Hogan!

We’re thrilled to introduce the newest Seattle Aquarium resident, Hogan the harbor seal! Hogan arrived on Tuesday, December 8 after moving from his previous home at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA), where he was born on June 2, 2013.



Health update: harbor seal Siku

We announce with deep sadness that Siku, our female harbor seal, delivered a premature, stillborn pup on Sunday, May 31. This was 10-year-old Siku’s first pregnancy. Necropsy results are pending. In the meantime, Siku is doing well and has already resumed eating.

Harbor seal exhibit construction continues

As of 4:50pm on December 31, 2012, installation of the new, steel-wrapped cement pilings below Pier 60 was complete—what a great way to ring in 2013 at the Aquarium! Work on the transformation of the exhibit is now in full swing.

2012 animal highlights

2012 animal highlights

Animal highlights of 2012 include the birth of our sea otter pup, Sekiu, on January 14 at about 5am. Otter Watch volunteers then began regular around-the-clock monitoring shifts for about four months, recording behaviors of the pup and her mom Aniak.

Construction alert: last chance to see our harbor seals for a while!

Construction alert: last chance to see our harbor seals for a while!

We’re about to embark on an exciting transformation of our harbor seal exhibit—which means that Barney and Siku will need to make their homes elsewhere for the time being. Come see them before they’re transferred to their temporary residence at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on October 2!

Harbor Seal Breeding Exchange

Harbor Seal Breeding Exchange

On Thursday, April 26th, male harbor seal "Q" was transported to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (PDZA), joining four female harbor seals. Later that afternoon, Barney met a new friend, 7 year old female "Siku" (pronounced see-koo) from PDZA.

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