Alaska SeaLife Center News

Posted: Monday, June 05, 2000

Another Harbor seal rescued

The Alaska SeaLife Center has another harbor seal pup in rehabilitation. She is a young female from Wrangell. She was observed alone on a beach without the presence of other seals.

After five hours, a local observer reported the pup was being attacked by eagles and ravens. The observer called the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which contacted the center. This is an early birth for that area and the pup was in real danger. Alaska Air Cargo flew her to Anchorage and the SeaLife Center staff picked her up and drove her to Seward. She is small, yet very feisty. She is doing well in her new surroundings.

First pup born at Chiswell

The year's first Steller sea lion pup was born on Chiswell Island May 23 at 3:11 p.m. Center visitors were able to watch the birth as cameras sent live feed from the sea lion rookery on the island back to the center as it was happening. This birth was three days earlier than last year and there will be more to come.

Art project presented to ASLC

The Seward Elementary School fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes of Quest 2000 presented four colorful panels to the center. The paintings were a part of Mr. Dixion's class project and depict the silver salmon in various stages of their life -- swimming in the ocean, going from the ocean to fresh water streams, and spawning. Exhibits Manager Jim Pfeiffenberger says the panels will go up soon in the stairwell leading from the second floor to the underwater viewing area.

June concert date set

The Chapel Choir and Orchestra from the First Baptist Church of Dallas will be performing two free concerts at the center. The 200-piece ensemble will perform at 10 a.m. June 16 in front of the center. If it rains, the concerts will take place in the ASLC lobby.

ASLC soon to be televised

The ASLC is in the process of getting a channel on the local cable system dedicated to its live camera feed from Chiswell Island. In the beginning, the channel will provide a 24-hour look at the sea lion rookery at Chiswell, 35 miles south of Seward. The center has cameras on the island that feed live footage back for research purposes. The feed also is available on the second floor of the center at the Chiswell Island kiosk.

Soon, viewers can watch the Stellers from the comfort of their own homes. Details on channel numbers will be available soon.

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