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January 11, 2016

Octopus week and more coming to the Seattle Aquarium


WHEN:
January 22–February 21

WHERE:
Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA

WHAT
Octopus Week
February 13–21
Join us for fun and learning about one of the coolest creatures in Puget Sound. Octopus Week highlights:

  • Octopus blind date on Sunday, February 14 starting at noon. Watch live to see if romance blossoms between our male and female giant Pacific octopuses when they meet for the very first time on Valentine’s Day. Aquarium biologists will set the mood with decorative hearts, roses and romantic music at the Octopus exhibit. Will her three hearts skip a beat? Will he wrap his eight arms around her? Join us to find out!
  • Live octopus release on Monday, February 15 at noon. Watch live video feed as our biologists escort one of our octopuses to a new home in Puget Sound, just below the Aquarium’s pier. The following Saturday, February 20 at noon, another octopus will be released.
  • Divers swim with an octopus on February 13, February 19 and February 21 at noon in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Get a really good view of an octopus and learn all kinds of cool information about this iconic Puget Sound animal.
  • Hands-on activities for kids of all ages February 13–February 21.
  • Daily octopus feedings and talks.

Evening Beach Walks
January 22, 8:30–10:30pm; and February 6, 8:30–10:15pm at Constellation Park/South Alki Beach Explore the beach during winter nighttime low tides with Beach Naturalist staff and volunteers. Discover what creatures we see on the beach at this time of year. Dress for the weather (bundle up!) and for tide pooling: boots, hats, gloves and a good flashlight are musts. No need to register! Visit SeattleAquarium.org/aquarium-events for more information.

Ocean Career Day
January 30, 9am–2pm
Come explore ocean-related careers at the Seattle Aquarium! Discuss career opportunities with biologists, researchers and educators. Attend special presentations by marine science professionals. And learn about schools and volunteer internship opportunities. This event is open to students attending middle school, high school or college. Teachers and parents are also welcome. Tickets are $5 for students, parents and teachers who pre-register. Get more information and register at SeattleAquarium.org/ocean-career. Tickets are also available at the door for $10 on the day of the event.

Toddler Time
February 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9
FREE with Aquarium admission For children ages 5 and under; must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in for any length of time between 9:30am and noon. From dressing up like an octopus to fish-print painting and water play with ocean animal toys, Toddler Time will keep even the busiest of bodies engaged and entertained. Toddler Time is proudly supported by the T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan.

Winter hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Admission fees: Adults $22.95; youth (4-12) $15.95; children 3 and under are admitted free.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


January 6, 2016

Visit Hawaii in your own backyard at the Seattle Aquarium

 

January 16–18

Are tropical breezes and warm sandy beaches calling out to you? Take a break from winter, dress up in Aloha wear, and join us at the Aquarium to explore a little of the tropics. Discover some of the unique sea life that originates only in the Hawaiian Islands. Featuring Hawaiian entertainment, hands-on activities and special diver shows.

January 16–18, 10:30am and 1:30pm
Direct from Hawaii, the Seattle Aquarium is proud to welcome Honu by the Sea, a live musical featuring a young Waikiki beach boy who loves to surf the ocean and dreams of living under the sea. After discovering a magical sea star along the beach, his wish is granted to spend an entire day underwater, where he encounters several amazing ocean characters. The show’s producer, Hawaii-native Johnson Enos, created Honu by the Sea to educate the public about the importance of caring for the ocean.

Winter hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Admission fees: Adults $22.95; youth (4–12) $15.95; children 3 and under are admitted free.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


December 17, 2015

Seattle Aquarium’s River Otter Waadah has passed away

SEATTLE—It is with great sadness that the Seattle Aquarium reports that male North American river otter (NARO) Waadah has passed away. Over the last few days Waadah had been exhibiting lethargy and poor appetite associated with age-related heart disease, a condition that is quite common with geriatric river otters. After close monitoring and veterinary evaluation, the decision was made to humanely euthanize him.

The median life expectancy for a NARO is approximately 12 years. It is a testament to the care Waadah received at the Seattle Aquarium that he lived such a vital, energetic life until he was well over 17 years old. There are currently 264 river otters living in facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and only two of those river otters are older than Waadah.

Waadah and his brother Skagway were born to a litter of four pups found under a home on Hood Canal, Washington in spring 1998. The homeowner contacted a trapper to remove mother and pups. Waadah and Skagway were both brought to an animal rehab facility in Port Townsend, Washington and were later transferred to the Seattle Aquarium. They became the original occupants of the Aquarium’s river otter exhibit, which opened the summer of 1998.

The two remaining river otters at the Seattle Aquarium, Skagway and Molalla, can be seen in their exhibit. Molalla, who was born at Oregon Zoo, came to the Aquarium in February 2014. He is about three years old.

About the Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium is one of Washington State’s leading environmental education and stewardship institutions, and the region’s gathering place for discussion and sharing information about marine conservation. It maintains a number of research initiatives in cooperation with federal, state, zoological and university partners. The Aquarium is accredited by the AZA and located on Pier 59, at 1483 Alaskan Way.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


December 7, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Seattle Aquarium welcomes Hogan, a new harbor seal

When: Tuesday, December 8, ETA 9am (pending traffic from Tacoma

Where: Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle

What: Join us as Hogan arrives and is introduced to his new home in Seattle!

Hogan was born June 2, 2013 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to Shila. His sire is Q, one of the Seattle Aquarium’s harbor seals. Hogan’s birth was the result of a collaborative breeding program between Seattle Aquarium and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in compliance with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA’s) harbor seal species survival plan (SSP). The SSPs are managed with a goal of healthy sustainable populations within AZA institutions.

About the Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium is one of Washington State’s leading environmental education and stewardship institutions, and the region’s gathering place for discussion and sharing information about marine conservation. It maintains a number of research initiatives in cooperation with federal, state, zoological and university partners. The Aquarium is accredited by the AZA and located on Pier 59, at 1483 Alaskan Way. On the web: SeattleAquarium.org On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

About Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the Northwest’s only combined zoo and aquarium, promotes responsible stewardship of the world’s resources through education, conservation, research and recreational opportunities. The zoo, a division of Metro Parks Tacoma, is accredited by the AZA and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA).

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Contacts:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org

Kris Sherman
(253) 404-3800; (253) 226-6718
kris.sherman@pdza.org

Whitney DalBalcon
(253) 404-3637
whitney.dalbalcon@pdza.org


December 7, 2015

Think warm! Fun indoor activities at the Seattle Aquarium

And one outdoor adventure!

Winter Fishtival
December 26, 2015–January 3, 2016
Join us for our annual holiday school-break festivities! Winter Fishtival features hands-on activities, special talks and opportunities to learn more about the Aquarium’s fish, birds, tide pool creatures and marine mammals. Each day we’ll highlight different sea animals. This free event is included with Aquarium admission; no reservation needed.

Saturday, December 26: Plankton
Sunday, December 27: Jellies
Monday, December 28: Rockfish
Tuesday, December 29: Puffins
Wednesday, December 30: Corals
Thursday, December 31: Otters
Friday, January 1: Sculpins

Saturday, January 2: Octopus and Friends along with the Octonauts and their new live stage show Octonauts: To Your Stations! You’ll also have a chance to meet and get your picture taken with Captain Barnacles and Kwazii Kitten. Show times are 10:30am and 1:30pm.

Sunday, January 3: Wolf Eels

Visit Hawaii in Your Own Backyard
January 16–18
Are tropical breezes and warm sandy beaches calling out to you? Come to the Seattle Aquarium to get in the aloha spirit and visit a bit of paradise right here at home. Join us for hands-on activities, special demonstrations and Honu by the Sea, a live musical about the importance of caring for the ocean.

Nighttime Low Tide Beach Walk
January 22, 8:30–10:30pm; and February 6, 8:30–10:15pm
Join Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalist staff and volunteers to explore the beach during winter nighttime low tides and discover what creatures we see on the beach at this time of year.

Toddler Time
9:30am–noon December 21 and 22 January 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 February 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9
From dressing up like an octopus to fish-print painting and touching live tide pool animals, Toddler Time will keep even the busiest of bodies engaged and entertained. A myriad of developmentally appropriate activities await for tots to explore. Toddler Time is geared toward children ages 5 and younger, accompanied by an adult. This free, drop-in program is included with Aquarium admission; no reservation needed.

Winter hours/prices at the Aquarium: The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am–5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Holiday hours: We’re open Thanksgiving Day (November 26) and Christmas Eve (December 24) from 9:30am to 3pm with exhibits closing at 4pm; closed Christmas Day (December 25).

Admission fees: Adults $22.95; Youth (4-12) $15.95; Children 3 and younger are admitted FREE.

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On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


November 23, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY
Santa scuba dives at the Seattle Aquarium

Get in the holiday spirit at the Seattle Aquarium! While you’re here to see Diving Santa, treat yourself to a special seasonal beverage at our café’s espresso bar and enjoy festive music.

WHEN:
Noon and 3pm: Saturdays and Sundays, November 28–December 20

WHERE:
Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA

WHAT:
Diving Santa

Come see Santa diving in the 120,000-gallon Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Bring your camera, take your picture with Diving Santa and stay perfectly dry! Or have your photo taken by our professional photographer so the whole family can be in the picture. Donations will be accepted to help fund DreamNight events at the Seattle Aquarium. DreamNight events are evenings dedicated to bringing children who have disabilities, are chronically ill, or who have special needs to the Aquarium for a special night of exploring the undersea world in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.

Live musical performances at 1:30pm on:

  • November 28—Recess Monkey
  • November 29—Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • December 5—The Not-Its!
  • December 6—Seattle Youth Symphony Quartet
  • December 12—Caspar Babypants
  • December 13—Red Octopus
  • December 19— Johnny Bregar and the Country Dawgs
  • December 20—No Love for Fire

Winter hours/prices at the Aquarium: The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am–5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Holiday hours: We’re open Thanksgiving Day (November 26) and Christmas Eve (December 24) from 9:30am to 3pm with exhibits closing at 4pm; closed Christmas Day (December 25).

Admission fees: Adults $22.95; Youth (4-12) $15.95; Children 3 and younger are admitted FREE.

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On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


October 20, 2015

AQUARIUM HALLOWEEN

WHEN:
Friday, October 23, noon

WHAT:
Come preview the special, spooky weekend activities taking place at the Aquarium—with Aquarium scuba divers carving Halloween pumpkins underwater AND master carver Russ Leno turning a 900-pound squash into a work of art!

WHERE:
Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA
Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Please use the main Aquarium entrance.

Underwater pumpkin carving is just one of the activities planned for the Aquarium’s Halloween extravaganza October 24–25. Additional photo opportunities include:

  • Master carver Russ Leno wielding sharp knives and tools! He’ll be sculpting additional giant pumpkins on Oct. 24–25. Leno has carved all over the world, working in such mediums as wood, ice, sand, watermelons and of course, giant pumpkins.
  • Watch our adorable sea otters have their own Halloween hilarity with eerie ice toys! Ice toy creators will discuss the creepy craft of creating these cold culinary compositions, and then offer them to our otters in this frighteningly informative demonstration taking place at 1pm both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Not to be outdone, the river otters will get hair-raising pumpkin treats at 12:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. And what will happen at the ominous octopus feedings at noon and 4pm each day?

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Admission fees: Adults $22.95; Youth (4-12) $15.95; Children three and younger are admitted free.

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On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


September 30, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY

Cedar River Salmon Journey

WHEN:
Weekends in October: 11am–4pm on October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25.

WHERE:
Renton Library, Cedar River Park, Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area, and Landsburg Park and Dam.

WHO:
Volunteer naturalists will be stationed at the above sites along the Cedar River.

WHAT:
FREE family-friendly salmon education programs

On Saturdays and Sundays in October from 11am to 4pm, trained volunteer naturalists will be on-site at riverside locations around Renton and Maple Valley to provide free salmon viewing programs for the whole family. The Cedar River Salmon Journey program, presented by the Seattle Aquarium and Seattle Public Utilities, has been working to educate the public about our local salmon and the things we can all do to help them for last 18 years.

Visitors can expect to see sockeye, plus possibly chinook and coho, at four sites including the Renton Library, Cedar River Park, Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area, and Landsburg Park and Dam. As of September 26, sockeye salmon have been spotted at all four locations.

“By providing an opportunity to connect the community with this magnificent species, we learn that there are small things that you can do to help the salmon, things that if we all did collectively, could make a big impact,” said Charlotte Spang, Salmon Journey program coordinator. “People get overwhelmed by global warming and hearing lots of negativity about the environment, but then you go to the river, and the salmon are still coming back. We share our urban environment with these amazing fish, and the fate of our local salmon is directly tied to the choices people make.”

Since 1998, more than 95,000 people have participated in the Cedar River Salmon Journey, learning about the intersections between people and salmon, plus the challenges salmon face today, including habitat loss and changing ocean conditions. Join the Cedar River Salmon Journey to learn about what salmon need to survive and how you can help to keep this keystone species coming back. Further information on the program and directions to program sites can be found on the Seattle Aquarium website at SeattleAquarium.org/salmon-journey. These events are free and open to the public.

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On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org

 

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