Author Archives: Hariana Chilstrom, Interpretation Supervisor

Marine Mammal Mania at the Seattle Aquarium: spotlight on northern fur seals

Last Saturday, April 13, Sharon Melin, wildlife biologist at NOAA’s National Marine Mammal laboratory, came to the Aquarium and shared her experience with wild northern fur seals. Working with biologist Julie Carpenter and our male northern fur seal Commander, she more »

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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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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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Harlequin shrimp: tiny, tough reef predators

This pair of harlequin shrimp, Hymenocera elegans, are feeding on a portion of a sea star in their Ocean Oddities exhibit. As an obligate feeder, this tropical shrimp preys exclusively on sea stars (although some observers note that they may more »

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2012 animal highlights

Animal highlights of 2012 include the birth of our sea otter pup, Sekiu, on January 14 at about 5am. Otter Watch volunteers then began regular around-the-clock monitoring shifts for about four months, recording behaviors of the pup and her mom more »

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