Monthly Archives: February 2013

New nudibranchs at the Seattle Aquarium

Nudibranchs, members of the sea slug family, come in an amazing variety of shapes and colors. Several outstanding specimens were recently placed on exhibit at the Aquarium’s Closer Look table: the opalescent nudibranch, Hermissenda crassicornis; the alabaster or white-lined nudibranch, more »

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Seattle Aquarium aims to go carbon neutral

In mid-January, through the planting of 82 trees, the Seattle Aquarium offset its carbon output via an innovative program launched in 2012 called Carbon Capturing Companies (or C3). Developed by Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy), the program recruits businesses more »

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Sound Conversations with Elliott Norse, Ph.D.: March 7 at the Seattle Aquarium

“If the ocean was our retirement portfolio, we’d be worried,” says Dr. Elliott Norse. A global thinker and author who’s devoted his career to conserving life in our seas and forests, he worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the more »

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Spotted ratfish 101

Spotted ratfish, Hydrolagus colliei, are cartilaginous fishes (meaning their skeletons are composed of cartilage) related to sharks, rays, and skates. Males have a club-like structure on the snout called a tenaculum, which they use to hold the female’s pectoral fin more »

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A new fish (and a milestone) for the Aquarium

A six-month-old spotted ratfish is the latest addition to our Puget Sound Fish exhibit. Writes Aquarium Biologist Katie Metz, “As far as we know, it’s the first spotted ratfish hatched in a captive setting that has survived more than 24 more »

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