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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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Construction alert: last chance to see our harbor seals for a while!

Construction alert: last chance to see our harbor seals for a while!

We’re about to embark on an exciting transformation of our harbor seal exhibit—which means that Barney and Siku will need to make their homes elsewhere for the time being. Come see them before they’re transferred to their temporary residence at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on October 2!

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