Seattle Aquarium's Marshawn Pinch: next stop, Fish Bowl XLVIII!

Marshawn Pinch, 12th crustacean at the Seattle Aquarium

Marshawn Pinch came out of his shell once again on Thursday, for what may have been the last time before he and the Searocks take on the Denver Barnacles during Sunday’s Fish Bowl game. He was accompanied by teammate Tidal Robinson, who provided moral support as Pinch answered questions to avoid shelling out a 50,000-clam fine.

Although Pinch seemed content to answer questions for a short while, it was clear that he has bigger fish to fry. “I just wanna get back to the tank and practice my scuttling,” he said. Asked if he was getting his sea legs after making the trip from Elliott Bay to Gravesend Bay (just off the coast of New Jersey), Pinch replied, “I’m no soft-shell crab: I’m always ready. I don’t have to wait for the tide to turn in my favor because it’s already there. Plenty of fish in the sea are saying the Barnacles are going to rock our boat on Sunday, and maybe that’s true. But here’s what the sands of time are going to reveal: we’re not only going to keep the Barnacles at bay—we’re gonna hold their shells to the wall, crush ‘em, shell shock ‘em, and send ‘em swimming back home with their fins between their gills.”

Asked if he isn’t secretly afraid of the Barnacles’ defense, Pinch snapped his claws and said, “Are you trying to make me crabby? That’s hitting below the shell! I’m not rising to that bait. The Barnacles are in a sea of trouble on Sunday—with me and the rest of the ‘Rocks. Beach Mode!”

And with that, he retreated into his shell.

Follow Marshawn Pinch on Facebook and Twitter for more updates as he and the Searocks prepare to take on the Denver Barnacles at Fish Bowl XLVIII! Interested in learning more about hermit crabs? Check out the Seattle Aquarium’s hermit crab fact sheet!

*No hermit crabs were harmed in the creation of this promotion.

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Sea fans school in support of Seattle Aquarium's Marshawn Pinch

Marshawn Pinch, 12th crustacean at the Seattle Aquarium

Fish Bowl XLVIII is just a few days away! And today, sea fans formed a huge school to show their support for Marshawn Pinch and the Searocks at a special rally in Elliott Bay (view photo album). Although Pinch and the ‘Rocks couldn’t be at the rally themselves—they’re already off the coast of New Jersey preparing for Sunday’s big game—they were able to listen in on the action by holding seashells to their ears.

Pinch, clearly touched by the sea fan support, was inspired to come out of his shell and say a few words during a break in his scuttling. “It sounded like the whole intertidal zone was there,” he said, waving his antennae around excitedly. “Chanting, whooping…I thought they might set off another BeachQuake! The tidal wave of support they’ve given us knocks the wind right out of my sails sometimes and that’s the truth. Makes me proud to be the 12th crustacean.”

Growing more passionate, he said, “And you know how I’m gonna repay those sea fans for their loyalty? I’m going off the deep end! Watch out, Denver Barnacles—I can’t wait to get my claws into you! You’re in way over your heads…you’re gonna feel like fish out of water by the time me and the ‘Rocks are done with you. Beach Mode!”

And with that, he retreated into his shell.

Follow Marshawn Pinch on Facebook and Twitter for more updates as he and the Searocks prepare to take on the Denver Barnacles at Fish Bowl XLVIII! Interested in learning more about hermit crabs? Check out the Seattle Aquarium’s hermit crab fact sheet!

*No hermit crabs were harmed in the creation of this promotion.

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Seattle Aquarium's Marshawn Pinch comes out of his shell at Fish Bowl media day

Marshawn Pinch, 12th crustacean at the Seattle Aquarium

Marshawn Pinch continued to avoid shelling out 50,000 clams for not talking to the press—and delighted his many sea fans—by sharing a few thoughts with Deion Sandy Beach during Fish Bowl XLVIII media day.

“Are you kinda shy? Do you not like to come out of your shell?” asked Sandy Beach, to which Pinch responded, “I’m just about that scuttling. I’ve been like that since I was a zoea*. I’m just gonna get it. I don’t need to wave my antennae about it.”

He continued, “I’m just gonna stay in my shell until Fish Bowl time. Then I’ll be out of my shell and scuttling for a win. And I know my sea fans love me regardless. They love the Searocks. They aren’t worried about whether I clam up.”

He concluded, “Being here at Fish Bowl XLVIII is huge. Beach Mode!”

And with that, he retreated into his shell.

Follow Marshawn Pinch on Facebook and Twitter for more updates as he and the Searocks prepare to take on the Denver Barnacles at Fish Bowl XLVIII! Interested in learning more about hermit crabs? Check out the Seattle Aquarium’s hermit crab fact sheet!

*What’s a zoea? A baby hermit crab!

**No hermit crabs were harmed in the creation of this promotion.

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Linda Johnson recipient of Seattle Aquarium Scott S. Patrick award

Linda Johnson

At the Seattle Aquarium’s recent Chairman’s Dinner, board member Linda Johnson was honored with the organization’s Scott S. Patrick Inspirational Award. Named for the late Aquarium board member and Seattle Seahawks executive who served with extraordinary passion, the award annually recognizes the Seattle Aquarium board member whose service best exemplifies the passion, leadership and enthusiasm which characterized Scott Patrick’s life and board service.

This year’s recipient, Linda Johnson, is a 15-year member of the Aquarium’s board of directors. As noted by immediate past board chairman Jim Gurke, her service sets an example that speaks volumes for everyone involved with the Aquarium.

Jim commented, “Linda is a humble person, never seeking the limelight, but always supportive of the work and accomplishments of others. Her passion for the Aquarium is evident in her extraordinary generosity—of her time, her talents, and her personal resources.”

He continued, “She has co-chaired our annual Splash! auction and served on numerous committees, providing leadership and sound judgment in such areas as strategic planning, capital campaign steering, and a host of other important areas. She is a true inspiration to us all.”

Our gratitude and congratulations go to Linda Johnson!

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Seattle Aquarium exhibit featured on Smithsonian website

Cleared: the Art of Science - Greenling

In December of 2013, the Seattle Aquarium mounted an ethereally beautiful exhibit of fish photography by Dr. Adam P. Summers. Entitled “Cleared: the Art of Science,” the exhibit features photographs of fish that have been specially treated to make the stained skeletal tissues visible through the skin and flesh. Dr. Summers devised a special technique to create this mesmerizing effect. Each image is accompanied by a poem written by Dr. Summer’s collaborator, Sierra Nelson.

The exhibit and its striking images have proven to be popular with Aquarium visitors—and even the Smithsonian website has demonstrated an interest, recently publishing an article about the exhibit, Dr. Summers, and his process.

Dr. Summers is a professor at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs and was the scientific consultant on Pixar’s “Finding Nemo.” The research that led to this exhibit was funded by the National Science Foundation.

“Cleared” will be at the Seattle Aquarium, on the walls surrounding our Life on the Edge exhibit, through March 2014. Come enjoy the beautiful work of Dr. Summers and Sierra Nelson during your next visit with us!

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