sea star at low tide

“Living on Bainbridge Island, we love to walk along the beach at low tide,” says Ned Palmer. “We used to count sea stars, and the numbers sometimes reached into the triple digits. But then,” he adds, “they dropped to zero.”

He’s referring, of course, to the disease outbreak that started decimating sea star populations up and down the West Coast in 2013. Although there are signs that some species are recovering and more sightings of juvenile sea stars, Ned says, “It really helped us understand that what the Aquarium is doing is important.”

Ned and Susan are strong believers in the importance of conservation and education, and have been active Aquarium supporters since 2004. “We especially value the experiences that the Aquarium offers youth,” says Susan. Adds Ned, “Yes, we’ve always been impressed with the many school buses lined up along Alaskan Way—bringing kids from all around the region to learn and explore at the Aquarium.”

The Palmers look forward to continuing their support as the Aquarium grows and expands. “It’s a great organization with exciting plans for the future,” says Susan. “The Aquarium isn’t just planning to erect a new building,” she continues. “They’re also going into the community and putting forth a conservation message that people need to hear. Seattle is growing, and we all need to work together to make a real difference.” She concludes, “The Aquarium is helping to make that happen.”

“We want to help the Aquarium reach more people with its conservation message.”
—Susan Palmer


The Aquarium thanks Ned and Susan Palmer, and all the members, donors, volunteers and advocates who join us in supporting ocean health. If you would like to get involved, visit our website.

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