Summer of Science 2020

Right about now, we would be sharing stories about how our researchers are dusting off their field gear, checking xtratufs (wellies) for leaks, and making those first few voyages out onto the water. Research is a team sport—data collectors, observers, boat operators, laboratory technicians—and often requires travel to field sites either by the researchers themselves […]

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Fly Away Home

All around a symphony, a cacophony, of birds. I woke up to those sounds every day for a week, even before the dim light of the sunrise could creep through my curtains. It was the soundtrack that accompanied me down the wooden-planked walkway, or as I biked past the citrus grove. The birds that didn’t […]

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Friday Frontiers 12-21-18

Drones, gliders, and ROVs are all being used to help scientists better study the oceans and marine animals. For example, students at Duke University Marine Lab have been using drones to survey pinnipeds on the Pribilof Islands, AK. Well, now robotic jellyfish have been added to the list! Check out this story from Science News […]

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Friday Frontiers 12-7-18

New Feature! Tune in every Friday for a story from the frontiers of marine science–new and exciting information, papers, or observations that are happening around the world. To kick things off, we need to travel to our neighbor to the south, Hawaii, where scientists on remote islands noticed something strange was happening to the monk […]

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Needle in a haystack

Back in August we caught our 4th Pacific Sleeper shark. This animal was tagged with a Wildlife Computers mini-PAT (satellite pop-up tag) and then was released right off Caines Head in Resurrection Bay. The mini-PAT had been scheduled to detach itself 90 days after deployment, which was Monday. And right on schedule, on Monday, the tag […]

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Shark Tag Recovered!

On May 31st, our ASLC Shark Research Team caught our first Pacific Sleeper Shark (we posted the picture of our success a few weeks ago here). As she was too big for our main study, we collected various measurements, samples, and attached a satellite tag to track her movements and diving patterns after release (Permit […]

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Tooth and Claw

How does a seal capture and eat it’s prey in the water? Several people and institutions came together to investigate this question and explore the evolution of prey processing behaviors in phocine (seals) and otariid (sea lions). This collaborative work included researchers from Monash University in Australia, University of St. Andrews in the UK, Museum of […]

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Pick. Click. Give.

Transcript The Alaska SeaLife Center is a public aquarium in Seward, Alaska, but that is not all we are. We are researchers, we are educators, we are wildlife rehabilitators. When you support the Alaska SeaLife Center you support Alaska’s Marine Ecosystems. If you are an Alaskan Resident and filing for your PFD online, click here […]

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