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Snowy plover standing on a piece of driftwood in its exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium

Tiny, charming snowy plovers—now at the Seattle Aquarium

These tiny brown-and-gray birds—they weigh only 1.23 ounces each, about the equivalent of a nine-volt battery!—have a big impact on everyone who meets them with their “ability to capture the hearts of visitors because of their tiny, adorable appearance,” says Animal Care Specialist Sara Perry.

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Shark Fun Facts

Shark Fun Facts

Come learn about the wild sharks that live right here in Puget Sound. Enjoy shark-a-rific activities Monday, August 6–Friday, August 10 and performances by the award winning Sisbro team on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12.

What Grows As You Watch?

Bull kelp, Nereocystis luetkeana, can grow a foot a day. Each year we can look into the Underwater Dome (above) or in the waters off Pier 60 (below) to see this annual algae growing up toward sunlight. It has no roots, true stems, or flowers, but does photosynthesize like a vascular plant.

Northern Fur Seal Isaac Is a Dad!

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!

Octopus Venom

Last Wednesday morning our female giant Pacific octopus, Squirt, was given a Dungeness crab as a special treat. Although busy dismantling this big meal, she was still taking additional food during the noon and 4pm feedings. Note the large vertical lump between the webbing of Squirt’s arms in the photo below; possibly a leg of the Dungeness crab.

Plankton Labs Are Back!

Plankton Labs Are Back!

Do you remember the totally cool plankton labs the Aquarium offered last summer? They're back! Come explore the world of plankton with a hands-on experience at the Seattle Aquarium. From collecting these organisms during a plankton tow to identifying them with a microscope in our lab, there’s never a dull moment.

Are Basket Stars, Sea Stars?

Are Basket Stars, Sea Stars?

The basket star, Gorgonocephalus eucnemis, is basically a fancy brittle star. After attaching to a rock or other firm substrate, an adult basket star will spread its five intricately branched arms into the water to catch tiny zooplankton (crustaceans, arrow worms, and sometimes fish larvae and jellies). Hooks on the arms snag the prey items which are then rolled up in mucus strings within the tiny branchlets.

The Importance of Coral Reefs

The Importance of Coral Reefs

Would you ever mistake a coral for a jellyfish? Probably not. Yet corals are related to jellies, as well as to other invertebrates such as sea anemones and sea pens.

You Can Help Prevent Plastic From Harming Marine Wildlife

You Can Help Prevent Plastic From Harming Marine Wildlife

June 8th is World Ocean Day, the UN-designated day for the global community to celebrate and take action for our shared ocean. One of the greatest threats to the ocean is also one of the most insidious because chances are it’s so mundane you don’t even notice it. Look around you right now: how much plastic do you see?

Cuttlefish Camouflage

Cuttlefish Camouflage

Our cuttlefish in the Ocean Oddities exhibit can often be found under the soft corals and anemones in their enclosure, but last week two of them were perched atop these two cnidarians. Although capable of matching their surroundings, both animals remained in the contrasting darker coloration seen in both photos.

Seattle Aquarium: Founding Partner of C3

The Seattle Aquarium is proud to be a founding partner with Pearl Jam and 12 other local businesses of Forterra's carbon mitigating program, called Carbon Capturing Companies (C3). The C3 Program provides an opportunity for businesses and individuals to partner with local non-profits and community service groups to plant native conifer trees in parks, right of ways, transportation corridors and natural areas in an effort to voluntarily reduce our impact on the climate.

Otter 501 Premier at the Northwest Film Forum

Otter 501 Premier at the Northwest Film Forum

Otter 501 is premiering Friday, May 18 at 5pm at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle. Additional showings will be on Saturday, May 19 at 3pm and 5pm, Sunday, May 20 at 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm.

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