The seals, named Cobalt and Admiral, spent the past two and a half months at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, gaining weight and learning to catch and eat fish.
The center plans to release the two baby harbor seals back into the ocean, but they first have to meet certain weight and maturity requirements from NOAA.
Tyonek became the first beluga calf to be successfully nursed back to health when the Alaska SeaLife Center. The scientific success story came just a few years after another stranded beluga calf, Naknek, died from infections.
Locals know the Alaska SeaLife Center as an aquarium. But it’s also the state’s only permanent rescue and rehabilitation facility for marine mammals.
Samples from the dead sea lion were shipped off island to the state pathologist, who will do a full workup
The aquarium and marine research facility may have to close permanently and find new homes for its resident animals if it can’t make up for lost visitor revenues.
An abandoned and starving bearded seal pup is making her way towards good health thanks to a group of students in Shaktoolik.
A researcher with the University of Alaska Fairbanks says that with the loss of sea ice and increased storm surges, saltwater levels near duck nesting grounds in the Y-K Delta are rising.
Alaska SeaLife Center’s family of octopuses is growing. A giant Pacific octopus, named Gilligan, laid thousands of eggs about a year ago. Less than a hundred hatched this month. Aquarium curator Richard Hocking expects the remaining eggs to hatch by the end of May.
After admitting a sick ringed seal from Unalaska, veterinarians at the Alaska SeaLife Center are cautiously optimistic about his chances for recovery.