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Air quality and animal care: Mishka and more

Wildfires, smoke and air quality are top of mind for many of us in the western U.S., and our hearts go out to those who have been directly impacted by the fires. All is safe at the Seattle Aquarium but, due to very poor air quality in our region, we’ve been closed to the public since last Friday afternoon to help protect the health of our guests, staff, and volunteers.

How does poor air quality affect the animals in our care? It depends on the species as well as individual underlying health conditions, if any. “Fish and many aquatic invertebrates do their gas exchange across gills—and smoke and ash shouldn’t have any direct impact on the quality of our water,” explains Senior Veterinarian Dr. Caitlin Hadfield.

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Part 5: Seattle Aquarium assists with Hardy, the rescued sea otter

Part 5: Seattle Aquarium assists with Hardy, the rescued sea otter

Hardy is now in his eleventh week at the Vancouver Aquarium and continues to hit milestones! He is growing quickly and becoming quite independent. 

Seattle Aquarium assists with Hardy, the rescued sea otter

Seattle Aquarium assists with Hardy, the rescued sea otter

Meet Hardy, the newest rescued orphaned northern sea otter pup at the Vancouver Aquarium. He was rescued from northern Vancouver Island and is now receiving 24-hour care. 

Part 3: Seattle Aquarium staff assist with sea otter rehabilitation in Alaska

Part 3: Seattle Aquarium staff assist with sea otter rehabilitation in Alaska

Follow along with Seattle Aquarium bird and mammal team members Mariko Bushcamp and Aubrey Theiss, who recently traveled to the Alaska SeaLife Center to assist with the rehabilitation of an orphaned sea otter pup!

Caring for Rialto

Caring for Rialto takes a lot of time and energy! Here’s what a daily shift consists of:

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Dr. Lesanna Lahner answers your Mishka questions

Many of you had questions after our recent blog post announcing sea otter Mishka’s asthma diagnosis—and our staff veterinarian kindly agreed to answer the most common queries. See below for Dr. Lahner’s responses to your questions, and thanks for your concern about Mishka.

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Sea otter Mishka diagnosed with asthma

One-year-old Mishka, who joined us just this past January, has asthma—and is the first sea otter to be diagnosed with the disease.

Seattle Aquarium staff participate in Washington State’s annual sea otter survey

Seattle Aquarium staff participate in Washington State’s annual sea otter survey

Last July, three Aquarium staff members participated in the annual Washington sea otter survey, marking 13 years of our participation since the annual survey began in 1989. 

Seattle Aquarium staff members participate in sea otter research

Seattle Aquarium staff members participate in sea otter research

In August of 2011, three Aquarium staff members participated in a Washington sea otter capture effort with partners from U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Monterey Bay Aquarium in a range-wide, three-year federal study of sea otter health and their nearshore environment titled “Coastal ecosystem responses to influences from land and sea.” 

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