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Know your beach-this week from the beach

Carkeek Park is one of my favorite Seattle beaches for a low-tide walk. There is wide variety of homes for sea critters. Rocks and boulders provide cover for sea stars, barnacles, cucumbers and a host of other creatures. The sandy areas lets us see siphons from gapers, clams, and geoduck. Carkeek also has large eel grass filled tide pools once the tide goes out. These tide pools and their eel grass forests provide a home and nursery for many species of fish and crabs. Us beach naturalists try to stay on the edges of the pools, careful not to trample through the grass. During this low-tide walk we spotted a couple for interesteresting fish species.

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No two days are the same!

Cool jobs at the Aquarium: facilities team

"No two days are the same!" That's a sentiment echoed by many on the Seattle Aquarium facilities team, which handles a broad array of tasks in the areas of engineering, maintenance, custodial, safety and security. 

The octopus - our thriving neighbor

The octopus - our thriving neighbor

We’re all familiar with the many animals that live among us as they forage for food and navigate around buildings and parks throughout the city. But you might be surprised by new research that shows that a very different neighbor, our very own giant Pacific octopus, has something in common with these city-dwelling animals.

Oysters with a side of plastic?

Oysters with a side of plastic?

Last year, scientists at Belgium’s Ghent University released a sobering study revealing that shellfish lovers may be ingesting up to 11,000 particles of microplastics along with their favorite meals each year.

Seattle Aquarium diving birds get a thumbs up from the doctor

Seattle Aquarium diving birds get a thumbs up from the doctor

Routine checkups are important for everyone—including the animals at the Aquarium. Recently, our bird & mammal team conducted routine checkups for all 15 of the alcids that call the Seattle Aquarium home.

Governor signs executive order to help protect southern resident orcas

Governor signs executive order to help protect southern resident orcas

Seattle Aquarium President & CEO Robert W. Davidson and Aquarium staff joined Governor Inslee, regional and tribal leaders, and environmental advocates at the Daybreak Star Cultural Center in support for our native southern resident orca population this past Wednesday.

Seattle Aquarium 2018 Hawaii reef research report: part 2 of 2

Seattle Aquarium 2018 Hawaii reef research report: part 2 of 2

2018 marks the tenth consecutive year that Seattle Aquarium staff members have conducted Hawaiian reef fish and coral health research along the northwestern side of the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along as Seattle Aquarium Curator of Conservation Research Shawn Larson recaps the experience. To read part 1, click here (link to first blog post).

How many octopuses are in Puget Sound? Census seeks to answer questions about the remarkable giant Pacific octopus.

How many octopuses are in Puget Sound? Census seeks to answer questions about the remarkable giant Pacific octopus.

The giant Pacific octopus (GPO) is the largest octopus species in the world—yet little is known of its biology and ecology. Nor is it possible to know exactly how many GPOs are living in Puget Sound.

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