Monthly Archives: April 2012

Harbor Seal Breeding Exchange

On Thursday, April 26th, male harbor seal “Q” was transported to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (PDZA), joining four female harbor seals. Later that afternoon, Barney met a new friend, 7 year old female “Siku” (pronounced see-koo) from PDZA. more »

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Baby Sharpnose Crabs!

This female sharpnose crab, Scyra acutifrons, at left was releasing her young into the water in our Life on the Edge exhibit. Here her abdomen is completely open, revealing masses of thousands of pale brown larvae (see yellow arrows) being more »

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How much does a harbor seal weigh?

Harbor seals are the most abundant marine mammal living in Puget Sound and it’s almost impossible to tell a male from a female just by looking at them. The two male harbor seals at the aquarium usually weigh the most more »

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How to make ice toys!

Ever wonder how we make our enrichment ice toys for our marine mammals? Well here is a recipe for Northern fur seal and harbor seal ice toys! Ingredients: 1 Herring 2 Capelin 1 Squid 1 Mold Water Directions: Come learn more »

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How much does a Northern fur seal weigh?

Male Northern fur seals can weigh 5-6 times as much as their female counterparts! A female may only gain and lose 10-20 pounds throughout the year, while adult males can gain and lose over 250 pounds in one year! During more »

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