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The octopus - our thriving neighbor

The octopus - our thriving neighbor

We’re all familiar with the many animals that live among us as they forage for food and navigate around buildings and parks throughout the city. But you might be surprised by new research that shows that a very different neighbor, our very own giant Pacific octopus, has something in common with these city-dwelling animals.

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.

‘Tis the season for Aquarium animals that remind us of the holidays!

‘Tis the season for Aquarium animals that remind us of the holidays!

Get in the spirit and keep your eyes out for these festive animals on your next visit to the Aquarium!

 

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? 

Part 3: Seattle Aquarium staff assist with sea otter rehabilitation in Alaska

Part 3: Seattle Aquarium staff assist with sea otter rehabilitation in Alaska

Follow along with Seattle Aquarium bird and mammal team members Mariko Bushcamp and Aubrey Theiss, who recently traveled to the Alaska SeaLife Center to assist with the rehabilitation of an orphaned sea otter pup!

Part 2: Seattle Aquarium staff assist with sea otter rehabilitation in Alaska

Part 2: Seattle Aquarium staff assist with sea otter rehabilitation in Alaska

Follow along with Seattle Aquarium bird and mammal team members Mariko Bushcamp and Aubrey Theiss, who recently traveled to the Alaska SeaLife Center to assist with the rehabilitation of an orphaned sea otter pup!

Seattle Aquarium staff assist with sea otter rehabilitation in Alaska

Part 1: Seattle Aquarium staff assist with sea otter rehabilitation in Alaska

Follow along with Seattle Aquarium bird and mammal team members Mariko Bushcamp and Aubrey Theiss, who recently traveled to the Alaska SeaLife Center to assist with the rehabilitation of an orphaned sea otter pup!

Wolf eel wrangle at the Seattle Aquarium

Wolf eel wrangle at the Seattle Aquarium

The 2017 wolf eel wrangle is underway! Seattle Aquarium staff members are systematically performing annual check-ups on the Aquarium’s wolf eel population, looking at the condition of wolf eels’ teeth and gums and measuring their lengths, weights and girths.

Pacific spiny lumpsuckers: the swimming golf balls!

Pacific spiny lumpsuckers: the swimming golf balls!

What are the slightly odd-looking (yet enormously cute) fish that could be described as resembling swimming golf balls in the Aquarium’s Puget Sound Fish exhibit? They’re Pacific spiny lumpsuckers, Eumicrotremus orbis, and the last word in their name is derived from two interesting features.

Cephalo-fun at the Seattle Aquarium

Cephalo-fun at the Seattle Aquarium

As we finish up Octopus Week, February 18–26, we thought we’d share the love with a couple amazing relatives of the giant Pacific octopus.

Birds, bees and octopuses

Birds, bees and octopuses

As you may already know, we couldn’t play Cupid to giant Pacific octopuses Pancake and Raspberry this year—turns out Cupid’s arrow had already hit the mark with female Raspberry, who started laying eggs before her blind date with male Pancake. 

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