ASLC is rehabilitating a male Pacific walrus calf that stranded near Nome, Alaska on Wednesday, June 14
June 20, 2017

ASLC is rehabilitating a male Pacific walrus calf that stranded near Nome, Alaska on Wednesday, June 14
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Alaska SeaLife Center celebrates World Oceans Day on June 8
June 7, 2017

On Thursday, June 8, the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) will join the global celebration of World Oceans Day. This year’s theme is “Our Oceans: Our Future.” With paid admission, ASLC is celebrating with free interactive and educational activities for the whole family with a special emphasis on reducing marine debris.
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Alaska SeaLife Center kicks off summer with new exhibits and tours
June 5, 2017

Summer time fun is in full swing at the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) with new exhibits and experiences for visitors! Expanded summer hours now through September 3 are: Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm and Friday – Saturday – Sunday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm.
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Sea otter pup progressing well under Alaska SeaLife Center care. Members of the public may view pup in the Center’s “I.Sea.U” unit
May 10, 2017

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is inviting visitors to see wildlife response and rehabilitation in action.
A tiny sea otter pup is now receiving 24-hour care in the Center’s “I.Sea.U” area where members of the public may observe the pup being cared for by animal care specialists. Estimated to be three weeks old when it was admitted to ASLC’s Wildlife Response and Rehabilitation Program on March 18, staff say the pup is progressing well.
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Alaska SeaLife Center Admits First Stranded Seal of 2017
March 29, 2017

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) has admitted its first stranded marine mammal of 2017, a yearling ringed seal from Dutch Harbor. Following on the heels of a record breaking year in 2016 for the Center’s wildlife response team, ASLC President and CEO, Tara Riemer says wildlife response is shifting from a primarily summer activity to a steady year-round concern.
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Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Alaska Ocean Leadership Award Recipients
January 31, 2017

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. These awards are given annually to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the awareness and sustainability of the state’s marine resources.
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Winter FISHtival kicks-off at the Alaska SeaLife Center
January 2, 2017

Family friendly activities, special feedings and educational opportunities on four Saturdays during the month of January, 2017

Seward, Alaska (January 3, 2017) – The Alaska SeaLife Center is pleased to kick-off 2017 with Winter FISHtival! Each Saturday during the month of January the Center will offer special family friendly activities led by animal care experts and educators. All activities are included in the cost of admission and free to members.
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ASLC Begins FREEzing Winter Wednesdays
November 1, 2016

The Alaska SeaLife Center invites Alaska residents to take advantage of FREEzing Winter Wednesdays when planning their winter excursions. Every Wednesday from November 2, 2016 through February 22, 2017, Alaska residents receive free general admission to the Alaska SeaLife Center upon presentation of a valid ID. Visitors 12 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult.
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ASLC Staff and Volunteer Awards
October 31, 2016

The annual ASLC Staff and Volunteer Awards were presented by President and CEO Tara Riemer and Human Resources Manager Amy Komarek last Friday. Join us in recognizing again these well-deserving, dedicated employees, volunteers, and service partners!
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ASLC to Lead Creation of Nationwide Wildlife Response Network: Unprecedented disaster preparedness effort to involve zoos and aquariums across the U.S.
October 31, 2016

The Alaska SeaLife Center is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to work with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to create and sustain a nationwide network of animal care professionals to respond to oil spills and other disasters.
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ASLC Collaborates with NOAA to Use Novel Satellite Technology in Study of At-risk Harbor Seals
October 25, 2016

Scientists from the Alaska SeaLife Center recently returned from the first research mission to utilize new satellite technology for the study of harbor seal populations. The month-long expedition to the Aleutian Islands on board the research vessel Norseman was conducted in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Polar Ecosystems Program.
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Nominations open for 2017 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards
October 18, 2016

The Alaska SeaLife Center announces the opening of the nomination period for the 2016-17 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. ASLC established the Awards to recognize those who have made significant contributions to ocean sciences, education, and resource management in Alaska. All awards will be presented at the Alaska Marine Gala on February 11, 2017. Nominations for the 2017 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards are open now through December 2, 2016.
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ASLC's Distance Learning Program Wins National Award
September 23, 2016

The Alaska SeaLife Center is pleased to announce that it has received the Pinnacle Award for the 2015-16 school year from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration.
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AZA Grants Accreditation to Alaska SeaLife Center
September 14, 2016

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the Alaska SeaLife Center was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.
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ASLC announces 2016-2017 fall/winter hours and tour schedule to begin September 5
September 1, 2016

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) announced today the new fall/winter hours and tour schedule for 2016-2017.
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Alaska SeaLife Center announces debut of Steller sea lion pup, Perl
August 26, 2016

After much anticipation, the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is pleased to announce the public debut of Perl, a Steller sea lion pup born at the ASLC on July 1, 2016. Visitors to the Center will have the opportunity to see Perl with mother Eden on five weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun) from 11:00am to 2:00pm, beginning Friday, August 26 through Sunday, September 25.
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ASLC Wildlife Response Program to Release Harbor Seal Thursday in Cordova
August 23, 2016

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is pleased to announce the release of another Pacific harbor seal pup this Thursday, August 25 in Cordova, Alaska. The female pup—named Qiteq (pronounced key-tuck, the Sugpiaq word for Rain)—was taken into the Wildlife Response Program on May 27, and was its first female Pacific harbor seal patient of 2016.
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ASLC Wildlife Response Program to Release Harbor Seal Saturday in Seward
August 5, 2016

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is proud to announce the release of a male Pacific harbor seal pup on Saturday, August 6. The timing of the pup’s release coincides with the Center’s 18th Annual Wildlife Rescue Run & Walk, a fundraiser benefiting its Wildlife Response Program. The public and media are invited to attend.
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18th Annual Wildlife Rescue Run benefits ASLC Wildlife Response Program
July 29, 2016

The Alaska SeaLife Center is hosting its 18th Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run & Walk on Saturday, August 6. The annual family-friendly race is a fundraiser to support the Center’s Wildlife Response Program. This has been another busy year for the Program, which has admitted four harbor seals, one spotted seal, four sea otters, and a spectacled eider to date.
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ASLC Announces Birth of Steller Sea Lion Pup to Eden; Mourns Pup Stillborn to Mara
July 25, 2016

The Alaska SeaLife Center is pleased to announce the birth of a Steller sea lion pup to parents Eden and Pilot. Born July 1, the female pup weighed in at approximately 41 pounds (18.5 kg) and is the third Steller sea lion pup ever born at the Center, and the third born in a North American facility since the 1980s.

The birth announcement is bittersweet, however. While ASLC celebrates the arrival of Eden’s new pup, the Center is also mourning the loss of a pup recently stillborn to Mara, a 13-year-old female Steller sea lion also in residence. The delivery was June 24. It was Mara’s first pregnancy and Pilot was the father. Stillborn births are not abnormal for first-time mothers, nor for those that begin breeding in middle age. Veterinary staff at the Center say Mara is in healthy physical condition and has returned to her normal schedule.
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VIDEO: Heat From the Deep - How Cold Ocean Water Heats the Alaska SeaLife Center
July 18, 2016

If you have wondered how Alaska SeaLife Center’s groundbreaking CO2 refrigerant seawater heat pump system works, check out this video!
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Alaska SeaLife Center To Celebrate World Oceans Day with Opening of New Nose 2 Nose Underwater Exhibit
June 3, 2016

Seward, Alaska (June 2, 2016) – Healthy oceans are vital for marine wildlife, and Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) will join people around the world on Wednesday, June 8—World Oceans Day—to bring renewed focus to that message and the day’s theme: Healthy oceans, healthy planet. To celebrate this event, ASLC will open its new underwater viewing exhibit, Nose 2 Nose: imagination and science will take you everywhere, provide fun activities for the whole family, and offer membership specials on June 8 and every Saturday in June.
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ASLC Extends Hours for Summer Visitors, New Sea Otter Encounter Tour Added
June 3, 2016

SEWARD, ALASKA (May 27, 2016) - Longer days mean more time for fun in Alaska, and beginning today the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is extending its hours to help guests make the most of them. Summer hours from May 27 to September 4 are:
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ASLC shifting 98% of the Center's heating needs from fossil fuel to ocean water as source heat
April 22, 2016

Ground breaking CO2 refrigerant heat pump system first to replace oil/electrical boilers in U.S.A.
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Sea Otter Pups From Kachemak Bay and Cordova Latest in Record Breaking Trend
March 15, 2016

Veterinarians at ASLC express concern heading into 2016 stranding season
Seward, Alaska (March 14, 2016) - Veterinarians at the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) say there is every indication that 2016 will be another record year for their Wildlife Response Program following admission of two sea otter pups in the past month.
 
Already this year the non-profit organization, which is the only permitted marine mammal wildlife rehabilitation entity in Alaska, has recorded 80 reports alone involving otters, and that is before the summer stranding season has even begun. That number compares with a total 300 otters reported to the Center in 2015, 116 of which became cases the Center was directly involved in, peaking last September at a rate 16 times higher than for the same period in 2014.
 
Otter EL1620 was received into the Center from Cordova on March 7, following on the heels of otter EL1616, a pup stranded in the Kachemak Bay area. While sea otter EL1620 was observed to be a healthy size and weight, its stranding location and other factors raised concerns for the ASLC Wildlife Response Team who ultimately determined to admit EL1620. Pup EL1616 was observed in waters off Homer, appearing malnourished with other signs of stranding and an imminent threat of killer whales surrounding the pup.
 
Sea otters under six months require 24-hour watch. Typically ASLC staff expect to be on 24/7 duty during the summer stranding season; however, over the past ten month period the ASLC Wildlife Response Team has been on the mandatory 24-hour watch continuously with the exception of 21 days.
 
According to ASLC veterinarian Carrie Goertz, there is a general increase across all causes of otter deaths and there are some indications that something new may be exacerbating the situation.
 
“It’s hard to say how much impact the uptick in algal blooms or the El Nino pattern is having,” says Goertz. “However, the feeling is that it must be having some impact which is distressing since both are expected to continue this year.”
 
Currently the ASLC has six sea otters in residence. With the beginning of the stranding season later this spring, staff fully anticipates the trend to continue.
 
The Alaska SeaLife Center is the only permanent marine rehabilitation center in Alaska, responding to wildlife such as seals, walrus and sea otters. The Center’s Wildlife Response Program responds to sea otters with the authorization of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Once a sea otter is admitted to the Center, it is closely monitored by the veterinary and animal care staff at ASLC.
 
Alaska SeaLife Center President and CEO Tara Riemer explained, “We have no federal or state funding to care for sea otters, and we rely on donations to keep this program going. We especially thank individual Alaskans all around the state as well as Shell Exploration and Production and ConocoPhillips Alaska for their generous contributions to the Center in support of wildlife rescue and oil spill response readiness.”
 
The Alaska SeaLife Center operates a 24-hour hotline for the public to report stranded marine mammals or birds, and encourages people who have found a stranded or sick marine animal to avoid touching or approaching the animal. Call first! 1-888-774-SEAL.
 
 
About the ASLC
 
Opened in 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center operates as a private, non-profit research institution and public aquarium. It generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The ASLC is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To learn more, visit www.alaskasealife.org.
 
High resolution photos and full story available from media@alaskasealife.org; 907-224-6397.
 
 
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