Chewbacca, Seattle Aquarium seal, dies

Chewbacca, a northern fur seal, came to the Seattle Aquarium in February.

Chewbacca, a northern fur seal, came to the Seattle Aquarium in February. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Chewbacca, Seattle Aquarium’s northern fur seal, has died following surgery he underwent  last week.

The 13-year-old male seal, known at the aquarium as “Chewy,” seemed to be recovering from an operation last Thursday that removed a mass from his gastrointestinal system, but he died Sunday


Lauren Hill receives private tour of Newport Aquarium


Mount Saint Joseph University’s Lauren Hill got their own private showing of the Newport Aquarium Sunday morning.

The Cure Starts Now Foundation arranged the event after the trip to Newport Aquarium was among the events on a family activity to-do list that Hill’s family submitted to the organization. 

Hill has become a celebrity athlete and champion for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare form of brain cancer, since her inspirational story captured the sports world earlier this year.

According to a release, Hill was accompanied by


Shedd Aquarium reveals name of sea otter pup

CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Thousands of people voted and the tally is in: Shedd Aquarium’s sea otter pup will be named Luna.

The announcement was made Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” while aquarium animal care workers introduced the pup to her new exhibit for the first time. She previously was known as “Pup 681.”

The otter arrived at Shedd Aquarium a little more than a month ago after she was found alone on a California beach. She was just days old and weighed 2


Aquarium helps rehab cold-stunned sea turtles

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is part of a massive effort along the East Coast to rescue and rehabilitate sea turtles suffering from what’s known as cold stunning, a problem that officials said is worse than ever this year.

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Several sea turtles are currently swimming and enjoying their stay in the pools at the National Aquarium. They all were rescued from Cape Cod, where they were suffering from cold stunning, which is like hypothermia in humans.

“Sea turtles are cold-blooded,


Image of Asia: Santa dives at Seoul aquarium

In this photo by Ahn Young-joon, a diver dressed in a Santa Claus costume swims at the COEX Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday. The aquarium is a popular attraction in the South Korean capital. Many South Koreans enthusiastically embrace Christmas celebrations, and local stores put up lights and decorations weeks in advance. The high-end COEX shopping mall, where the aquarium is located, is in Seoul’s wealthy Gangnam area, made famous in the hit song by rapper PSY.


Small fire in bathroom leads to Shedd Aquarium closure

The Shedd Aquarium was closed Saturday afternoon after a small fire in a restroom prompted an evacuation, officials announced.

Shedd officials tweeted about 4:30 p.m. Saturday that the museum would be closed for the rest of the day. About 10 minutes earlier, they tweeted that the museum was “currently evacuated.”

Chicago Fire Department officials said they were called to the Shedd at 3:41 after smoke was observed coming from a bathroom.

Firefighters using hand pump extinguishers were able to put out the fire, which was in a waste basket in the bathroom.

No injuries were reported.


Mystic Aquarium releases seal pup



CHARLESTOWN, RI- At approximately 10 a.m. this morning, a young Harbor seal pup named Little Dipper was released at Blue Shutters after months of specialized care.

The young pup, a male approximately 7 months old, was rescued from Ogunquit, ME in July by Marine Mammals of Maine as an abandoned pup between 6 and 8 weeks old.  He was transferred to Mystic Aquarium for rehabilitation, where their Animal Rescue Team ensured he completed his medical treatments to achieve a full and strong recovery.



Aquarium on the horizon

The founders of the Ocean Park aquarium pictured, would like to open a similar facility in the City of Karratha.

Last month the founders of the award-winning Ocean Park aquarium announced their expression of interest to open a similar facility in the City of Karratha.

Father and son team Rick and Ed Fenny have spent the past 14 years developing the facility in Shark Bay from a small aquaculture


Aquarium's 24/7 Jellyfish Cam: an instant holiday de-stresser

Jellies don’t care

Hard to believe, but while the rest of us are scurrying around trying to score curved-screen TVs or Disney’s Doc McStuffins (I don’t know what those are, but they’re on 2014′s top-10 lists for toys for girls), there are beings in this world who care nothing about all that. And you can watch these beings while they are busy not caring on the Jelly Cam from the Monterey Bay Aquarium (

The gentle, gelatinous jellyfish can be seen, live and in creature, waving their long tentacles and lacy mouth-arms against a baby-blue watery backdrop. These unassuming


Aquarium of Niagara welcomes rescued harbor seal pup

NIAGARA FALLS – A five-month-old Pacific harbor seal pup abandoned by his mother off the coast of northern California has found a home at Aquarium of Niagara.

Now known as “Pup 2014,” the male harbor seal was born blind and still had his umbilical cord when staff from The Marine Mammal Center, of Sausalito, found him, according to Aquarium officials. The pup joined the Aquarium’s collection of five other seals and sea lions, and will live in an outdoor pool with Sandy, another harbor seal.

A naming contest is taking place at the Aquarium and via social media. After “liking” the