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Charter Animals

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Brook reclines on an ice patch. Robin Riggs/Aquarium of the Pacific

Brook the Southern Sea Otter

At twenty-one, Brook is the oldest female southern sea otter living at a zoo or aquarium. She is known for her regal manner and photogenic looks.

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Charlie hunts for food in an ice patch. Aquarium of the Pacific

Charlie the Southern Sea Otter

At twenty-one, Charlie is the oldest male southern sea otter living at a zoo or aquarium. He was the first otter in the world to give a voluntary blood sample. He has a habit of sucking his paw. He is officially listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living sea otter at any zoo or aquarium.

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Shelby is a Pacific harbor seal. Robin Riggs/Aquarium of the Pacific

Shelby the Pacific Harbor Seal

Shelby is twenty-two years old and the mother of three seals born at the Aquarium. When she arrived at the Aquarium at two years old, staff noted her high energy levels and curiosity.

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Ellie is an Atlantic harbor seal. Robin Riggs/Aquarium of the Pacific

Ellie the Atlantic Harbor Seal

Ellie is twenty-nine years old and came to the Aquarium from the east coast. She has a vision disability so she relies on her highly sensitive whiskers to navigate her habitat.

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Tufted puffins are on view in the Diving Birds exhibit. Andrew Reitsma/Aquarium of the Pacific

Tufted Puffins

Tufted puffins were the first animals added to the Diving Birds exhibit at the Aquarium. Four of the original six still live at the Aquarium: Val, Speedy, Naia, and Monty.

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The olive ridley sea turtles live in the Tropical Pacific Gallery. Andrew Reitsma/Aquarium of the Pacific

Theo and Lou the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles

Theo and Lou came to the Aquarium from Texas. They were originally seized as eggs by Fish and Wildlife agents at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Lou lives in the Tropical Tunnel, and Theo lives in the Tropical Reef Habitat.

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Fern the zebra shark lives in Shark Lagoon. Robin Riggs/Aquarium of the Pacific

Fern the Zebra Shark

Fern is the mother of two zebra sharks born at the Aquarium after she was artificially inseminated, a first at any aquarium. She is trained to voluntarily participate in medical exams and shark encounters with visitors. Although her exact date of birth is unknown, Fern is over twenty years old.

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The Queensland grouper lives in the Tropical Reef Habitat. Aquarium of the Pacific

Queensland Grouper

This large fish lives in the Aquarium’s Tropical Reef Habitat. It came to the Aquarium from a hotel in Las Vegas, where the fish had outgrown its exhibit. Queensland groupers are the largest reef-dwelling fish in the world.

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The two original giant sea bass adults are in the Honda Blue Cavern exhibit. Robin Riggs/Aquarium of the Pacific

Giant Sea Bass

Two of the three giant sea bass living in Honda Blue Cavern have been Aquarium residents since the opening. A male and female pair, they are the parents of a juvenile, the first hatched and raised at a public aquarium.

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Stonefish are on view in the Jewels exhibits in the Tropical Pacific Gallery. Andrew Reitsma/Aquarium of the Pacific

Stonefish

Three of the Aquarium’s stonefish have been on exhibit since opening day. They came to the Aquarium of the Pacific from another aquarium, which was looking for a new home for the fish after closing their own stonefish exhibit.

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Blacktip reef sharks live in Shark Lagoon at the Aquarium. Andrew Reitsma/Aquarium of the Pacific

Blacktip Reef Sharks

Two of the Aquarium’s blacktip reef sharks, one female and one male, have been on view since 1998. Both are twenty-one years old and live in Shark Lagoon. Their preferred foods are yellowtail, albacore, and mackerel.

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Visit the bat rays in the Ray Touchpool on the second floor. Andrew Reitsma/Aquarium of the Pacific

Bat Rays

Several of the bat rays in the Ray Touch Pool outdoors on the second floor are original Aquarium animals. This species can live up to thirty-five years of age.

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Sunflower sea stars can have up to twenty-four arms. Andrew Reitsma/Aquarium of the Pacific

Sunflower Sea Stars

Our sunflower sea stars came from off the coast of Washington state. These sea stars can be found in the Japanese spider crab and giant Pacific octopus exhibits in the Northern Pacific Gallery.

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Brush coral is also referred to as cauliflower coral due to its appearance. Andrew Reitsma/Aquarium of the Pacific

Corals

The Aquarium built its collection of corals in the Tropical Gallery’s Live Corals exhibit from outside sources, including specimens donated from local hobbyists. The staghorn and brush coral on display in this exhibit is from this original colony.

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Fish-eating anemones typically grow to about 8 inches tall. Andrew Reitsma/Aquarium of the Pacific

Fish-Eating Anemones

The fish-eating anemones in the Northern Pacific Gallery’s Surge Channel exhibit come from off the coast of Washington state. Research suggests these animals have an indeterminate lifespan, and some have been recorded to live for nearly a century.

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