Author Archives: Hariana Chilstrom, Interpretation Supervisor

Strolling With The Shortnose Dragonfish

Pacific coral reef biologist Brian McNeil says our amazing little shortnose dragonfish, Eurypegasus draconis, doesn’t have a swim bladder and usually doesn’t swim. “It has to be really frightened to dart away. Even during a scare, it often prefers just more »

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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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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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What Grows As You Watch?

Bull kelp, Nereocystis luetkeana, can grow a foot a day. Each year we can look into the Underwater Dome (above) or in the waters off Pier 60 (below) to see this annual algae growing up toward sunlight. It has no more »

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Octopus Venom

Last Wednesday morning our female giant Pacific octopus, Squirt, was given a Dungeness crab as a special treat. Although busy dismantling this big meal, she was still taking additional food during the noon and 4pm feedings. Note the large vertical more »

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