Category Archives: Conservation

Forecast: cloudy with a touch of sediment

Why is the water in the Seattle Aquarium’s exhibits sometimes a bit cloudy? Because it’s pumped directly from Puget Sound, where the underwater weather report has recently included (in addition to 100% humidity) colder temperatures and partially cloudy waters. With more »

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Here comes Hogan!

We’re thrilled to introduce the newest Seattle Aquarium resident, Hogan the harbor seal! Hogan arrived on Tuesday, December 8 after moving from his previous home at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA), where he was born on June 2, more »

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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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