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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brook the Southern Sea Otter
At twenty-one, Brook was the oldest female southern sea otter living at a zoo or aquarium. She was known for her regal manner and photogenic looks. Brook passed away on January 29, 2019, and will be greatly missed.
Charlie the Southern Sea Otter
At twenty-two, Charlie was 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 had a habit of sucking his paw. He was officially listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living sea otter at any zoo or aquarium. Charlie passed away on April 22, 2019, and will be greatly missed.