It is with great sadness that we announce that Woodstock, the Seattle Aquarium’s 24-year-old female northern fur seal, has passed away. Woody, as she was known, was quite elderly for a fur seal (females in the wild have a life span of 15–20 years) and her health had been declining for the past several months.
Join the Seattle Aquarium for Winter Fishtival, where we’ll feature different sea animals and fun activities each day. Our focus on January 3 will be marine mammals: river otters, sea otters, northern fur seals and harbor seals.
On the night of July 11, 2012, the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA welcomed a new northern fur seal pup to the family. Ursula, a female fur seal residing at the aquarium gave birth to a healthy male pup and the father is our very own Isaac!
Male Northern fur seals can weigh 5-6 times as much as their female counterparts! A female may only gain and lose 10-20 pounds throughout the year, while adult males can gain and lose over 250 pounds in one year!
Staff at the Seattle Aquarium today celebrated the life of a northern fur seal named Al, a 19-year-old mammal who delighted millions of visitors during his long stay in the city. Al, who had reached old age and was in declining health, was humanely euthanized Tuesday morning.