Category Archives: Marine Animals

What are those gray toilet plungers on the beach?

It’s a question often asked of our beach naturalists when they volunteer on local shorelines during low-tide days each summer. The photo below offers a great hint. The animal is a moon snail, and the gray “plunger” is the snail’s more »

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Spotted seahorses now at the Seattle Aquarium

Five spotted seahorses (Hippocampus kuda) are now on display in our Tropical Pacific exhibit! They join our one lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus). The Seattle Aquarium has traditionally displayed lined seahorses—but we made the decision to switch to spotted seahorses because more »

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California-bound with Tucker the sea turtle

Seattle Aquarium Laboratory Technician Amy Green recently traveled to San Diego with Tucker, a rescued olive ridley sea turtle that was rehabilitated at the Aquarium. Tucker was joined by Comber, a rescued Pacific green turtle that was rehabilitated at the more »

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Shark or sturgeon?

“Is that a shark?” visitors ask, pointing at a large, greyish fish hovering near the bottom of the Seattle Aquarium’s Underwater Dome exhibit. What they’ve noticed is one of our three sturgeons. No, they’re not sharks, but similar to them, more »

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Tucker and Comber: sea turtle FAQ

Q: Why are the two turtles named Tucker and Comber? A: When Tucker arrived in Seattle in December, he was in unresponsive and in critical condition. Tucking his tail was the first sign of life he showed. Also, it was more »

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