Category Archives: Conservation

Explained: the mystery of Mr. Potato Head at the Seattle Aquarium

“Why is there a Mr. Potato Head in that exhibit?” It’s a question we often hear from curious visitors. Our answer starts with the big word “enrichment.” It’s described by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (or AZA, of which more »

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Seattle Aquarium's Jim Wharton to be featured on Shark Week

Cue the theme from Jaws: our own Director of Conservation and Education Jim Wharton will be featured during Shark Week on the Discovery Channel! He’ll provide on-camera commentary for a show called Ninja Sharks, airing July 8 at 10pm PST. more »

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Seattle Aquarium aquarist explains cold-water collection

Ever wondered where the Aquarium gets new animals for its exhibits? Not surprisingly, it isn’t simply a matter of heading to a local beach with a bucket at low tide. Below, staff aquarist Kathryn Kegel provides a behind-the-scenes peek at more »

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Seattle Aquarium celebrates World Oceans Day with World Ocean Weekend event

People around the world celebrated World Oceans Day on June 8—but the Seattle Aquarium expanded the festivities into two days with World Ocean Weekend on June 13 and 14.  Through a variety of engaging demonstration and fun activities, Aquarium guests more »

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A close call for Leu the fur seal

A life-threatening situation with a happy ending is also a sobering reminder of how critically important it is to keep marine habitats clean and free of pollution. On May 22, Memorial Day, a young visitor to the Aquarium tossed a more »

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