Category Archives: Conservation

A continuing problem: sea star wasting disease update

In late 2013, millions of sea stars began dying along the entire west coast of North America and in Puget Sound—even along the Seattle waterfront, directly under the Aquarium’s pier. The condition, soon labeled sea star wasting disease (SSWD), caused more »

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Seattle Aquarium vet assists in sea otter surgery

Dr. Lesanna Lahner, our staff veterinarian, recently traveled to Vancouver, B.C. to assist in emergency surgery on Corky, a sea otter at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. Corky was rescued near Tofino, a district on the west side more »

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Sea otter Mishka diagnosed with asthma

One-year-old Mishka, who joined us just this past January, has asthma—and is the first sea otter to be diagnosed with the disease. Asthma makes it difficult to breathe by causing spaces in the lungs to become narrower than usual, which more »

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2015 update: Seattle Aquarium rockfish survey at Neah Bay

Four Aquarium staff members and one volunteer recently traveled to Neah Bay on Washington’s coast to survey rockfish populations. We visit the same sites each year, where divers swim a 50-meter transect line in both directions, counting and catching on more »

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Seattle Aquarium aquarist travels to Curacao to study spawning coral

In our last post, Aquarium Aquarist Steven Yong gave us a brief tour of the world of coral reproduction—in preparation for this post, describing his recent trip to Curaçao with the SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) Foundation: The elkhorn coral, Acropora more »

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