The Issue: Health of Puget Sound and Marine Life
Sea otters act as furry indicators of the overall health of Puget Sound. Each year, researchers from the Seattle Aquarium participate in the annual Washington sea-otter survey, gathering information about the population and well-being of the animals living along the coast to learn about the robustness of the ecosystem as a whole. Inside the aquarium, meanwhile, four resident otters act as focal points for the general public. They draw in attention with their splashing antics, effectively raising awareness for the health of their species. Yet, keeping such active animals onsite is no cheap feat. Sea otters can eat the equivalent of a quarter of their body weight each day—roughly 15 pounds total of pollock, clams, dungeness crab, shrimp, mussels, and squid.<p>
The Campaign: Feeding Otters at the Seattle Aquarium
If 32 people donate $10 or $45 to this Grassroots campaign, then the Seattle Aquarium can feed at least one of its resident otters for one week. Each individual $45 donation will feed one otter for one day. Donors who give $45 and register with the Seattle Aquarium can pick up a complimentary copy of Edwin, the Super Duper Otter coloring book at the aquarium (limit three coloring books per customer).<p>
The Seattle Aquarium currently houses four sea otters who make up three generations: Aada, a 13-year-old male; Lootas, a 14-year-old female; her daughter Aniak, a 10-year-old female, and Aniak’s daughter Sekiu, who was born last January. In support of the Seafood Watch program—which encourages residents and retailers to choose sustainable seafood—the Seattle Aquarium will feed its otters sustainably harvested clams, mussels, and other favorite treats.<p>
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An octopus gently pushes itself through crystal waters, sea otters twist and flip at the surface as they work through a crab, shore birds perch over pools, and between them all visitors smile in wonder. Seattle Aquarium has attracted millions of guests to its waters with such exhibits since it opened more than 35 years ago. By combining environments for fish, mammal, and avian species, the aquarium captures a slice of the Puget Sound ecosystem, inspiring guests to examine the breadth of life off their shores and how their daily actions impact it. Feedings and daily talks about the animals expand on the wealth of information, whereas touch pools allow many to experience life in the waters in a way they never have before.
In addition to being the ninth largest aquarium in the United States, the Seattle Aquarium is home to biologists who conduct critical research on northern sea otters, the giant Pacific octopus, and other Puget Sound species as part of efforts to contribute to the health of the local marine environment. Focused exhibits work to raise awareness about conservation by imparting an understanding of the threatened orca whale and the sixgill shark—the third-largest predatory shark in the world.
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