Seattle Aquarium café closed for upgrades October 16–27
You can look forward to new equipment and streamlined service when the café reopens on October 28—we appreciate your understanding!

Your favorite creatures on video

Before your next trip to the Aquarium, catch a sneak preview of our sea otters, river otters, giant Pacific octopus, puffins and others with our collection of YouTube videos. Check back often—we’ll be posting new videos regularly!

Pacific red octopus eggs and hatchlings

After six months of incubating behind the scenes, a clutch of Pacific red octopus (Octopus rubescens) eggs hatched and were sent on their way back out to Puget Sound. Aquarium staff allowed the larval octopuses to freely flow through the outflow since they will have the best chance of survival in the wild.

Behind-the-scenes: sea otter training

Ever wonder what it's like to train a sea otter? We strapped a GoPro onto Animal Care Technician Aubrey to give you a first-person view of what it's like to work with these incredible marine mammals. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

Rialto: rescued sea otter pup

The Seattle Aquarium has a long history with sea otters—that’s part of the reason we were selected for Rialto’s care and rehabilitation after he was orphaned. He’s the third young sea otter that we’ve raised: Lootas came to us after being orphaned at approximately six weeks of age in 1997; Calypso was about eight weeks old when she was brought to the Aquarium in 2003; and, of course, Rialto joined us in early August 2016. He stayed with us through September 2016, when he was then transferred to his new home at Vancouver Aquarium.

Learn more about Rialto by watching the above video series and on our blog!

Sea otter rehabilitation assistance

Seattle Aquarium Animal Care Specialist Mariko Bushcamp is at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska, helping with the rehabilitation of a two and a half month old sea otter pup. Watch the video to learn more!

 

Know your beach—Beach Naturalist program

Beach naturalists are local citizens who care about Puget Sound beaches and want to help protect them. More than 100 have volunteered to help people learn about and enjoy area shorelines. Beach naturalists know their beaches: they can help you enjoy the habitat without harming it; tell you what sea stars eat; explain why barnacles stand on their heads; describe how moon snails lay their eggs; and so much more. This is a video series of animals you may see at your local beaches during low tides.

For upcoming low tide dates and to learn more about the Beach Naturalist program here
Read the blog series here.

Seattle Aquarium 2016 Highlights

What a year we've had at the Seattle Aquarium! Check out this video of some of our highlights, and sound off in the comments about your favorite Seattle Aquarium moment in 2016!