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Send Barney best wishes for his upcoming procedure

Barney the harbor seal is a beloved icon at the Seattle Aquarium. He was born here in 1985 and, over his 34 years, has touched the hearts of countless visitors, volunteers and staff.

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Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs, Part Two

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs, Part Two

Seattle Aquarium mammal biologist, Julie Carpenter recently assisted NOAA scientists from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center with their annual research in the Pribliof Islands of Alaska, which are home to breeding colonies (or rookeries) of the northern fur seal.

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs!

Northern Fur Seals and The Pribilofs!

Seattle Aquarium mammal biologist, Julie Carpenter recently assisted NOAA scientists from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center with their annual research in the Pribliof Islands of Alaska, which are home to breeding colonies (or rookeries) of the northern fur seal.

Critter News: Scary and Slimy Sea Stars

Critter News: Scary and Slimy Sea Stars

The morning sun star (Solaster dawsoni) eats its own kind. It can swallow small prey whole, but will evert its large stomach to feed on larger sea stars. So, how does it capture and hold onto sea stars that may be larger than itself?

Critter News: Pacific Red Octopus

Critter News: Pacific Red Octopus

It’s our newest Octopus rubescens (Pacific red octopus). She is only a few ounces of cephalopod beauty, but her venom packs a punch. According to scientists such as Roland Anderson and Roger Hanlon (author of Cephalopod Behavior), the bite of the red octopus is potent; the painful effects can last for days, weeks, or longer.

Critter News: Northern Abalone

Critter News: Northern Abalone

Pinto abalone (AKA: Northern abalone), Haliotis Kamtschatkana, have been installed in their own exhibit in Puget Sound Fish. This species is the only abalone native to the Northwest. Never commercially fished, the recreational fishery for them was closed in 1994 because of over-harvesting.

Seattle Aquarium Salutes Pike Place Fish

Today the Aquarium celebrated Pike Place Fish's success of reaching their goal to sell 100% sustainable seafood. That means they only sell seafood that is located on the "Best Choices" and "Good Alternatives" lists in the Seafood Watch Guide.

Volunteers Remove 879 Pounds Of Marine Debris

Volunteers Remove 879 Pounds Of Marine Debris

On September 17, 2011 thousands of volunteers ventured out to hundreds of shorelines all over the world for the 26th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day. Here in Seattle, it was the last and coldest Saturday of the summer.

Critter News: Mystery Animals

Critter News: Mystery Animals

I look like I have a crew-cut on my head, but  some of my relatives are much more heavily decorated..

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