New Seabirds, New Stories
The Aquarium has some new feathered friends to share—Alika and Sula—two seabirds we've welcomed into our rescued flock. Alika is a young Laysan albatross and Sula, a red-footed booby.
Alika, just over a year old, joins Makana, 11, as the second Laysan albatross at an accredited zoo or aquarium in the United States. Alika's name means "protector" or "guardian" in Hawaiian and, like Makana, she was injured as a chick and unable to survive in the wild.
Sula, whose age is unknown, was injured by a fishing hook and was also unable to survive on her own. Her name reflects the scientific name of the red-footed booby, Sula sula.
As their training progresses and they become more comfortable around people, we hope that Alika and Sula will, like Makana, take part in public programs and interact with guests. To prepare them, Aviculture staff take the birds on periodic trips inside and outside Aquarium galleries before hours.
More What's New
Red Lobster Partners with Seafood Watch
Our work to shift global fishing and aquaculture in more sustainable directions has earned us an important new business partner and significant national recognition.
Red Lobster, the world's largest seafood restaurant chain, became an official Seafood Watch partner in May, pledging to serve only Seafood Watch-recommended seafood by 2025 at more than 700 restaurants worldwide.
The impact of our work was also recognized in June when Executive Director Julie Packard was named one of 10 American Food Heroes by EatingWell magazine.
It recognized Julie for the "wildly successful Seafood Watch program" and the global impact of our work to advance sustainable seafood, including our newest initiative helping major seafood buyers address the risk of slavery and other labor abuses in supply chains.
Dive into a Kelp Forest—Digitally!
Thanks to our Education team's imagination, kids, parents and teachers can now explore a virtual kelp forest with our interactive game, The Kelp Forest: My Aquarium, and related interactive ebook, The Kelp Forest: A Young Explorer's Guide.
Both offer engaging and educational features geared for children eight to 11 years old, but are fun for all ages:
- Discover the kelp forest ecosystem and ocean animals that call it home.
- Learn more about our Kelp Forest exhibit and the people who help it thrive.
- Create your own digital kelp forest and practice being a "Kelp Forest Bodyguard."