Seattle Aquarium launches Stories from the Salish Sea video series

Photo of Haro Strait, taken from a plane, showing a green tree-covered coastline next to a calm blue sea. A white lighthouse sits on the edge of the coastline on a cliff's edge.

Seattle, WA—The Seattle Aquarium is proud to announce a three-part video series, Stories from the Salish Sea, developed with generous financial support from the James M. Lea Foundation and in partnership with a local visual storytelling company, Soulcraft Allstars. 

The series, designed to awe viewers with the wonders of the Salish Sea while inspiring them to take specific action to help preserve it, is hosted by wildlife ecologist and conservationist Chris Morgan, known for his popular podcast, THE WILD, as well as his work with Nature, PBS and the BBC.

Viewers will watch and be inspired as Chris Morgan learns from a variety of experts—Seattle Aquarium staff members; Coast Salish and Native American leaders, fisherfolk and biologists; and others—all working to protect the Salish Sea and the life within it.

The first video, The Kelp Highway, launches on the Aquarium’s website on January 13, 2022. Through mesmerizingly beautiful footage, it takes us under the surface of the Salish Sea to discover the incredible interconnected ecosystems, called kelp highways, that provide critical habitat for numerous species (including endangered salmon, orcas and pinto abalone) and also mitigate the effects of ocean acidification by sequestering carbon. Chris listens to Native American biologists and the Coast Salish people who have lived alongside the kelp and protected it for thousands of years—and continue doing so today.

The second video, Salmon in the City, will launch on February 10, 2022. Chris paddles his kayak through urban streams and lakes and to the Ballard Locks to find out more about how the salmon survive the city—and our role in protecting them. A Native American biologist and Seattle Aquarium staff member show Chris how our actions play a huge role in salmon’s success and how we’re all connected through water.

The third video, Eba + the Orcas, finds Chris on a research vessel in the San Juan Islands to meet Eba, an orca-scat-sniffing dog, and learn how the scat tells the story of the challenges the orcas are facing—from toxicity and stress levels to reproductive health and more. 

Each of the three videos concludes with a call to action inviting viewers to learn (and do) more on the Seattle Aquarium’s website: SeattleAquarium.org/salishsea.

Visitors to the Seattle Aquarium can discover more ways to protect and preserve the Salish Sea—while getting up close to sea otters, harbor seals, colorful local and tropical fish, shorebirds, jellies, tide pool animals and more. The Aquarium is open daily, 9:30am–6pm. Advance ticket purchase, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 test administered by a testing provider and done in the last 72 hours, and masks are required. Learn more at SeattleAquarium.org/visit

About the Seattle Aquarium
Founded in 1977 and located on Pier 59 in the heart of Seattle, Washington, the nonprofit Seattle Aquarium serves as the largest platform for ocean conservation and engagement in the Pacific Northwest. With a mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, it leads educational, conservation and regional research initiatives for a healthier planet. A thriving and vibrant Aquarium is a key part of Seattle. Help secure the Aquarium for years to come by donating to the Resilience Fund at www.seattleaquarium.org/donate.

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