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December 16, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Chewbacca, Seattle Aquarium seal, dies

Chewbacca, Seattle Aquarium’s northern fur seal, has died following surgery he underwent  last week. The 13-year-old male seal, known at the aquarium as “Chewy,” seemed to be recovering from an operation last Thursday that removed a mass from his gastrointestinal system, but he died Sunday morning, according to the aquarium. In the wild, the average lifespan…

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November 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Seattle Aquarium awarded grant to study sea-star wasting disease

The Seattle Aquarium has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Boeing Company to support the aquarium’s efforts to investigative and respond to a disease that has affected millions of sea stars along the West Coast. An outbreak of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome was first reported from Olympic National Park in the summer of 2013…

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September 3, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Seahawks’ crabbiest fan, Marshawn Pinch, retiring

Marshawn Pinch, the Seahawks’ 12th Crustacean, has hung up his shelmet for good. The Seattle Aquarium announced the famed hermit crab’s retirement on Wednesday, one day before the Seahawks’ season opener. The crab “hopped a riptide and headed for the unexplored waters of Earth’s one big ocean,” the Aquarium wrote on its website. Marshawn Pinch More

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February 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Saturday Memo: More meteors? … tux/costume discounts … kangaroo cam

Holiday weekend weather: Well, Friday’s sun break didn’t last long. Sunrise is now at 7:12 a.m. and sunset at 5:34 p.m., give or take a minute, but you won’t see much of the sun between those two points. (Update: You win! It’s sunny right now.) More meteors? A California science institute has received numerous reports of…

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February 28, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Morning Memo/Tuesday: Tolling trouble … and more tolling trouble … and a bit of otter news

Weather: Ready for snow? I’m told we’ll have it this evening, though I keep looking at different forecasts in hope of finding one that shows something else. So far, no luck. The good news is that it shouldn’t stick, so don’t worry (yet!) about commute problems. In the meantime, highs in the mid- to upper…

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February 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Vote to name Seattle Aquarium's baby sea otter

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for the public’s help in naming the new baby sea otter. Go to the aquarium’s website to choose among these names: Willapa, Shi Shi, Elwha, Sequim, Seiku. Voting started today and will be open through Feb. 24. The winning name  will be announced Feb 27. Before you make your decision, do you need…

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January 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Sea otter pup born today at the Seattle Aquarium

A sea otter pup was born this morning to Aniak, one of the Seattle Aquarium’s three resident northern otters. The unnamed pup is so fluffy that aquarium officials can’t yet tell whether it’s a male or a female. The aquarium has been anxiously awaiting the water birth. Though the Seattle Aquarium was the first in the world to…

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