Monthly Archives: August 2012

Dangerous But Delicate Sea Star

The velcro sea star (Stylasterias forreri), also known as the long-armed, black sea star or fish-eating star, is a subtle but deadly predator. Its usual prey includes snails and chitons but it can even capture vertebrates (animals with spines) thanks more »

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Budding Philanthropists Sell Lemonade To Feed The Sea Otters

Proving it’s never too early to start supporting a cause you believe in, two young girls recently hosted a garage sale and opened a lemonade stand to raise money to help feed our resident sea otters. The girls, Leeia Stroh more »

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New Sculpins on Display

Now in our Puget Sound Fish exhibit: 22 new manacled sculpins, Synchirus gilli, and 1 tiny silverspotted sculpin, Blepsias cirrhosis. In the picture above, the manacled sculpin displays two of its distinctive features: the united pair of pectoral fins and more »

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Sea Otters Reunited

When a sea otter pup is born, the mom naturally separates herself and her pup away from larger, more dominant males. When Aniak gave birth to Sekiu here at the Seattle Aquarium, we provided them with the same opportunity for more »

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What are sixgill sharks?

Bluntnose sixgill sharks, or Hexanchus griseus, are members of the cowshark family. Most sharks have five gill slits, but the aptly named sixgills have six. At a mature length of about 14 feet, they are one of the top ten more »

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