Everyone loves a good year-end wrap-up, and we at the Seattle Aquarium are no exception. Here are a few of our favorite highlights from 2016, and happy 2017 to all!
Rialto rescue and rehab
Stranded sea otter pup Rialto came to the Seattle Aquarium in August for rehabilitation with a 20 percent chance of survival. Under the care of numerous staff and volunteers here, Rialto transformed from dangerously sick pup into a healthy, curious young otter.
Full-steam-ahead seawall construction
Despite a second year of construction at our front door, our attendance increased in 2016 and we’re on target to welcome over 800,000 visitors by year-end. We hope one of them will be you!
Tucker the sea turtle came to us for rehabilitation after being stranded on a beach in Oregon. With a serious case of pneumonia, his chances of survival were not considered to be very high. However, he beat the odds and made a fantastic recovery! He is currently being housed at Sea World’s turtle rehab facility.
At this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, 100 percent sustainable seafood was served up to the world’s best athletes. They dined on Icelandic cod, sourced from a family-owned fishery certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Save havens for sea life
In August, President Obama expanded the existing Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the northwest Hawaiian Islands, making it the world’s largest protected area…until October when that record was broken by the establishment of Ross Sea Marine Protected Area in Antarctica. This is a particularly impressive achievement because of the international cooperation it took (24 countries and the European Union) and the productivity of these waters.
Aquarium for all
In July the Aquarium hosted its first Deaf Community Beach Walk, a follow up to the very successful Deaf Community Days we’ve started hosting at the Aquarium itself. This is just one of many examples of how the Aquarium is continuing to expand our outreach efforts to all members of our community in 2016 and beyond!
In 2016, the Aquarium had volunteers ranging from 8 to 83 years old, contributing over 85,000 hours of service as of November. It’s not an overstatement to say that there wouldn’t be a Seattle Aquarium without our amazing volunteers. Thank you!