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FISHtival kicks off this week in Seward


January 5, 2017 | View PDF

The Alaska SeaLife Center will 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.

Winter FISHtival Saturday events include: Magnify Magic, Underwater Adventure, and a Deep Diving Seabird Scatter Feeding. Step up to the microscope for a really close look at some of the smallest and most fascinating sea animals. Join the ASLC educators in the underwater viewing area to do the seal hop and learn more about sea lions and seals! See some high-speed, deep diving seabird action and find out how these birds are specially adapted for under-sea foraging.

Additionally, each week the ASLC will highlight a special marine animal or group of marine animals:

On Saturday, Jan. 7, the ASLC will hold its “Weird fish” event.

With over 80 species of fish from Alaska in the ASLC aquariums, some of them are bound to be a little more weird, a little more cool. The center’s aquarists will show you some of the weirdest and coolest fish in the aquariums. Participants will learn more about what makes these fish special and how the ASLC team takes care of these amazing animals.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the center will host its “Wolf eels” event.

Observe the ASLC dive team conduct an underwater feeding of a six-foot long wolf eel. The aquarists and educators will be on hand as to help attendees watch the dive team feed the adult wolf eel that lives in a rocky den in a two-story, 95,000 gallon aquarium.

After the feeding, participants will head upstairs to observe a feeding of two young wolf eels living in the Kelp Forest tank. Learn about these amazing animals that have fang-shaped teeth and an impressive bite force for pulverizing prey - but are typically friendly to divers and can be trained to feed on command.

On Saturday, Jan. 21, the SeaLife Center will showcase its “Jellies, nudibranchs, sea cucumbers and other squishy things” exhibit.

Join the aquarists and educators to explore the amazing and diverse world of invertebrates. Join the team as they look for new arrivals in the ASLC tanks, observe a feeding and learn more about how the center take care of these unique animals.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the center will end January’s shows with its “Incredible octopus” event

Meet Gilligan, a giant Pacific octopus in the center’s Octo Grotto and learn more about one of the most intelligent members of the marine world. The aquarists and educators will share their knowledge about these animals and then lead participants to the center’s research theater to observe a feeding of two younger animals.

The Alaska SeaLife Center is open daily during the winter from noon until 5 p.m. Discounts for Alaska residents, seniors and U.S. military. All Winter FISHtival activities are included in the cost of admission and free to members. For more information on WinterFISHtival Saturdays, visit the Alaska SeaLife Center on Facebook or

Special winter hotel rates are also available at Hotel 360, Breeze Inn and Hotel Seward. For additional information on hotels and restaurants in Seward, contact the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 907-224-8051 or


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