Seattle Aquarium 2013 animal highlights

2013 was filled with exciting and interesting new developments for the animals at the Seattle Aquarium! Following are a few of our favorite highlights.

Sekiu turns one!

January: We added over 400 chinook salmon and 750 2-year-old coho salmon to our Underwater Dome exhibit. We also added 200 coho salmon to the Window on Washington Waters exhibit.

January 14: Sekiu, the female northern sea otter who was born at the Seattle Aquarium in 2012, celebrated her first birthday with a delectable (?) krill cake!

juvenile ratfish

Juvenile ratfish

February: Seattle Aquarium staff successfully reared the first captive ratfish, Hydrolagus colliei, and one individual reached six months of age during this month.

February 20: A charming black-bellied plover, Pluvialis squatarola, became the newest addition to our Birds & Shores exhibit. A rehabilitated male, he came to the Seattle Aquarium from the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA.

March 4: One of our rhinoceros auklets officially became the oldest bird at the Seattle Aquarium on this date, reaching 37 years of age!

Harbor seal exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium

New harbor seal exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium

June 1: Barney, Q and Siku welcomed visitors to their beautiful new home on the day our harbor seal exhibit officially opened to the public.

Woody, female northern fur seal at the Seattle Aquarium

Woody turns 24!

August 16: Woodstock, our oldest northern fur seal, celebrated her 24thbirthday with a fun, fish-flavored ice toy.

Fall 2013: Visitors to the Seattle Aquarium enjoyed a colorful new addition to our Puget Sound Fish exhibit, featuring sea strawberries (a soft coral), orange puffball sponges, and rarely seen feather stars (read our blog post about these beautiful creatures here). We also added a new group of invertebrates to our Life on the Edge exhibit: giant feather duster worms. Come check them all out on your next visit!

December: We added over 100 juvenile sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbira, to our Elliott Bay Window, which is visible to members of the public as they walk past the “water triangle” just north of the Aquarium entrance.

Happy 2014 from all of us at the Seattle Aquarium!

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