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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).

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 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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