If you haven’t been to the center lately, make plans to go. Have you noticed? It’s sunny outside! Head to Seward. Take the kids and see “Skittle”, the 10-week old sea otter pup! Skittle was found over in Seldovia in March, stranded on the float plane dock. According to the folks in Seldovia, Skittle was actually partly frozen to the dock! A dedicated team of folks from Homer and Seldovia brought him to the SeaLife Center.
Skittle is one of several stranded marine animals at the SeaLife Center, including ducks and harbor seals. Rehabilitation is one of the key missions at the Alaska SeaLife Center, along with research, education and exhibitry. But if you want to see Skittle, you’d better hurry. The plan is for Skittle to take up residence at a New York zoo after he gets a clean bill of health in about six weeks!
Visitors to the SeaLife Center can learn about all these research functions, plus see otters, seals, sea lions, salmon, puffins, halibut and an occasional king crab!
The Alaska SeaLife Center is the state’s only public aquarium. While you’re touring the exhibits, you may have the chance to look over the shoulders of the researchers as they tend to some of the animals! Be sure and check out the gift shop before you leave. Learn more online–and check out the live video of the Chiswell Islands! We’ll see you in Seward!
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