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Focus on northern fur seals

Focus on northern fur seals

Did you know a mature male northern fur seal can weigh over 600 pounds? That’s a lot larger than Flaherty and Leu, the two fur seals who joined the Seattle Aquarium last March. They’re still young and growing, though: Flaherty is three years old and currently weighs in at approximately 90 pounds; Leu is four years old and tips the scales at around 120 pounds. 

Leu and Flaherty

Fifteen 2015 Seattle Aquarium animal highlights

What a year it was! There’s a lot to look forward to in the new year, but first a look back. We’ve rounded up our top 15 animal highlights from 2015, take a look!

Marine Mammal Mania at the Seattle Aquarium: spotlight on northern fur seals

Marine Mammal Mania at the Seattle Aquarium: spotlight on northern fur seals

Last Saturday, April 13, Sharon Melin, wildlife biologist at NOAA’s National Marine Mammal laboratory, came to the Aquarium and shared her experience with wild northern fur seals. Working with biologist Julie Carpenter and our male northern fur seal Commander, she demonstrated how satellite tags are placed on adult fur seals to track their ranges (see photo).

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs, Part 4

Today we began cleanup and prepared to head home. By studying northern fur seals, NMFS scientists are continuing to learn about the species, why this population continues to decline, and what can be done to preserve it.

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs, Part 3

Seattle Aquarium mammal biologist Julie Carpenter recently assisted scientists from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) with their pup count, which happens every two years in the Pribilof Islands, Alaska.

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs, Part 2

Seattle Aquarium mammal biologist Julie Carpenter recently assisted scientists from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) with their pup count, which happens every two years in the Pribilof Islands, Alaska.

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs, Part 1

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs, Part 1

Seattle Aquarium mammal biologist Julie Carpenter recently assisted scientists from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) with their pup count, which happens every two years in the Pribilof Islands, Alaska.

Winter Fishtival: Marine Mammal Fun Facts

Winter Fishtival: Marine Mammal Fun Facts

Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are members of the true seal group. They comprise a generally inquisitive, but elusive, species which spends equal time on land and in the sea. These seals are not limited to salt water and have been found in inland waterways and lakes. In the order Pinnipedia (modified limbs to flippers) and family Phocidae.

Critter News: Why Do Fur Seals Shiver?

Critter News: Why Do Fur Seals Shiver?

Wait, “shiver me seals?” What’s that supposed to mean? We’ve had some questions from visitors lately about our northern fur seals “shivering.” Rest assured, it is not because they are cold…the Bering Sea, where northern fur seals live in the wild, is a much chillier place than Seattle!

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs, Part Six

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs, Part Six

Seattle Aquarium mammal biologist, Julie Carpenter recently assisted NOAA scientists from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center with their annual research in the Pribliof Islands of Alaska, which are home to breeding colonies (or rookeries) of the northern fur seal.

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs, Part Five

Seattle Aquarium mammal biologist, Julie Carpenter recently assisted NOAA scientists from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center with their annual research in the Pribliof Islands of Alaska, which are home to breeding colonies (or rookeries) of the northern fur seal.

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs, Part Four

Seattle Aquarium mammal biologist, Julie Carpenter recently assisted NOAA scientists from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center with their annual research in the Pribliof Islands of Alaska, which are home to breeding colonies (or rookeries) of the northern fur seal.

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