Category Archives: Marine Animals

Puffer profiles

While there may be about 120 species of puffer fish, they all share the ability for which they’re named: when threatened, they can rapidly fill their bellies with air or water, expanding like balloons to twice or even three times more »

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More than meets the eye: octopus age and maturity

We can look at another human being and estimate their age pretty easily—but it’s not so simple with octopuses. Scientists haven’t yet found a reliable way to identify the age of giant Pacific octopuses (or GPOs), since no part of more »

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Aquarium hosts sea star wasting summit

On January 14 and 15, the Seattle Aquarium convened a gathering of experts from around the country to discuss the latest findings about sea star wasting disease (SSWD). The disease causes sea stars to waste away, giving the impression of more »

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Rescued sea turtle recuperating at the Seattle Aquarium

Did you know that the Seattle Aquarium is Washington’s only recognized sea turtle rehabilitation facility? When sea turtles strand along the coastline, they can be brought to our facility and nursed back to health by our expert staff. Such was more »

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Focus on northern fur seals

Did you know a mature male northern fur seal can weigh over 600 pounds? That’s a lot larger than Flaherty and Leu, the two fur seals who joined the Seattle Aquarium last March. They’re still young and growing, though: Flaherty more »

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