Seattle Aquarium bird and mammal team members Julie Carpenter and Mariko Bushcamp recently traveled to The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California to assist in the care and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals.
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.
A life-threatening situation with a happy ending is also a sobering reminder of how critically important it is to keep marine habitats clean and free of pollution. On May 22, Memorial Day, a young visitor to the Aquarium tossed a small object into the main sea otter pool, where northern fur seals Flaherty and Leu were spending the day.
The Seattle Aquarium announced today the birth of a new sea otter pup at its facility on Pier 59 in Seattle. The young otter was born today just before 5:00AM to the mother otter Aniak—who herself was born at Seattle Aquarium in 2002.