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Creature feature: sablefish

Visitors to our Underwater Dome exhibit often ask, “What’s that funny looking gray fish?” Sometimes they’re asking about wolf eels (which aren’t eels, despite their name)—but more often, they’re referring to sablefish. Despite sometimes being called “black cod” and having more »

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What's that gonzo fish? A sockeye salmon!

That was the question asked by a recent Aquarium visitor after noticing the long hooked nose on a sockeye salmon. Our male sockeye salmon, especially those in our Window on Washington Waters exhibit, are getting a lot of attention due more »

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Pacific spiny lumpsuckers are back!

Always fun to watch and looking a bit like swimming golf balls, Pacific spiny lumpsuckers, Eumicrotremus orbis, have returned to our Puget Sound Fish exhibit. These odd fish get their names from an interesting feature: a sucker disk that they more »

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Creature feature: the male mouth-brooding Banggai cardinalfish

  What does “male mouth-brooding” mean exactly? That the male carries the eggs—in his mouth! That’s an interesting characteristic of all cardinalfish. Banggai cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, belong to the Family Apogonidae (Cardinalfish). They’re named for the area in which they’re more »

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