September 25, 2018

Seattle Aquarium mourns loss of fur seal Al


A northern fur seal named Al who had entertained millions of Seattle Aquarium visitors and provided rich research to scientists has died. He was 19.

The Seattle Aquarium says the seal’s health had been declining in recent weeks. He was euthanized Tuesday.

Named after Vice President Al Gore, the seal landed at the aquarium after he veered from the ocean and was found in a cow pasture in Hoquiam. And federal biologists determined he wasn’t fit to be returned to the wild because of his small size and lack of survival skills.

Aquarium officials say his remains will be sent for study