Alaska SeaLife Center News

Posted: Monday, March 20, 2000

Skijor race a success

The six-kilometer SeaLife Skijor 2000 race held March 11 was a success. The skiers and their dogs helped raise money to help the ASLC rehabilitation department care for stranded wildlife. The event was held in conjunction with the Seward Resort and Seward Chamber of Commerce Nordic Ski Classic 2000.

In the single-dog race, Bruce Talbot was overall winner and first-place men's finisher. He was followed by Ole Anderson, Cole Talbot, Dan Vogel , Dan Walker and Alex DeMarban. First-place female finisher was Jane Handy, followed by Jennifer Talbot, Madelyn Walker, Leslie Kroloff, Debbie Reich and Chris Degernes.

In the double-dog skijor race, Sue Temple was the overall winner as well as first-place women's finisher. She was followed by Holly Rinehart and Michelle Brown. The first-place male finisher was Phillip North.

New in the diving tank

The sablefish were removed from the bird exhibit due to "failure to compete." The avian and aquarium husbandry groups agreed that more reef-friendly fish, like greenlings and other rockfish, would be better in the habitat. The non-bird roster is now: two masked greenlings, three kelp greenlings, two black rockfish, two copper rockfish, two lingcod, one giant sculpin and seven sunflower sea stars.

The diving birds are molting into their summer plumage and preparations are under way to open burrows in the hopes that nesting will take place this spring.

Coming in April

The ASLC monthly volunteer information series for April will be held on April 11 at 7 p.m. The topic will be rehabilitation projects and new exhibits. The series is open to the public and is free of charge. For more information, call (907) 224-6343.

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