Our visit to the Alaska SeaLife Center
We spent the afternoon at the Alaska SeaLife Center. It is a private, non-profit corporation opened in 1998. There is a staff of volunteers and about 105 employees, a large employer considering the population of Seward is just over 2500 people.
They rescue sea life and are the only rehab center in Alaska. They are also a science center which researches the ecosystem of Alaska. The project was mainly funded by the Exxon Valdez oil spill settlement funds, after a very tragic oil spill at Valdez, AK in 1989.
There are some beautiful sights to see.
Some sights are not so beautiful,
and some are just darn cute!
Seals are quietly basking in the attention.
Puffins are such an unusual sight to see.
And what aquarium would be complete without the performing seals at mealtime!
Their high standard of accreditation at the Alaska SeaLife Center puts them into the top 5% of the nation’s 6000 zoos and aquariums. A visit here is highly recommended. To learn more about the Center, click here.