Journey to Alaska Episode 19
Join us in this episode, “Our 2019 Journey to Alaska Episode 19”, where we go on the hunt for sea life, find really hungry birds and walk on our first black sand beach. All of this in one beautiful little town in Alaska; Seward, Alaska!
Journey to Alaska Episode 19 | Alaska SeaLife Center | Seward, Alaska
We Saw Puffins!
The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, AK was on the top of our list of places to visit while in Seward! Despite some reviews we read about it being boring and not worth it, we decided to check it out for ourselves. We are suckers for aquariums, zoos and conservation places that help and save wildlife.
We really loved the puffins, and I think the bird feeding was the best. The seals and sea lions were a bit bashful and never really came out to visit us but that’s okay. We learned quite a bit about Alaska marine animals.
Alaska SeaLife Center
The research team caught a Pacific Sleeper Shark that they are studying to learn more about these amazing creatures. How the Pacific Sleeper Shark can live hundreds of years is quite the mystery.
We spent a couple of hours just roaming around the center checking out the sea life. The little octopus Floyd was really cool to see up close. He is a new and recently discovered species of octopus.
The Alaska SeaLife Center is the only facility in Alaska that combines a public aquarium with marine research, education, and wildlife response.
8 Random facts about the Alaska SeaLife Center
- The Center is the only permanent marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation facility in the state.
- The Alaska SeaLife Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems
- Giant Pacific octopus start out at about the size of this emoji ? Mature GPOs can weigh in up to 110 lbs!
- The largest resident, is a male Steller sea lion named Pilot, peaks at well over 1700 lbs during the breeding season.
- A recent study shows estimated that 14,300 pairs of black-legged kittiwakes nest in the vicinity of Cape Resurrection.
- The ringed seal is the smallest and most common seal in the Arctic.
- When puffins molt they also lose their bill sheaths, called a rhamphotheca.
- The wolf-eel is not an eel. This is a common misnomer given its long, slender body and misleading common name.
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