Visit the Alaska SeaLife Center
This public aquarium is home to seals, sea lions, puffins, otters and other marine wildlife, but the Alaska SeaLife Center also serves as a valuable research, education and response center. Providing lifesaving help in the wild, the center’s response and rehabilitation teams nurse injured species back to health with the goal of returning them to their natural habitats. Veterinarians, mammologists and marine biologists offer behind-the-scenes tours that show how they care for the animals. Special animal encounters, like hand-feeding giant, Pacific squid or puffins as well as up-close otter and octopus experiences, teach visitors about the daily lives of the resident animals. The Alaska SeaLife Center is also home to 11 species of birds, including bald eagles, horned and tufted puffins and eiders. Watch as the birds dive and swim through North America’s deepest seabird diving pool. Learn how their protective coats shield birds from freezing Arctic temperatures and handle creatures like starfish firsthand from its marine touch pools.
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