SSEA the Sound Cruise – September 16th

This September 16th, the Estuarium is celebrating 10 years of our SSEA the Sound Cruise! Join us for what will be an amazing day on the water, discussing large marine mammals and enjoying tasty treats and birthday cake to mark our anniversary.

DATE: September 16, 2018, 1 – 5 PM
PRESENTER: Casey Mclean, Director SR3 (Sealife response +rehab + research).


$85 non-members ($100 after September 7th)
$75 members ($90 after September 7th).

We thank the cruise attendees, presenters, and businesses that support important Puget Sound Estuarium’s education programs!


Casey Mclean, Director and Marine Veterinary Nurse will discuss efforts to build the first marine animal rehabilitation and science center in Washington State. Hear Casey’s first-hand accounts about marine animal rehabilitation, threats our local wildlife face, and the need for a rehabilitation center in our region.

SR3 is a collaborative organization that is supported by the community. Current activities include disentangling sea lions and large whales from fishing gear, responding to stranded or injured marine wildlife, and studying cetacean health with an emphasis on resident orca whales.

Specimens Casey will bring with her are a sea otter pelt, large whale and small whale baleen, orca tooth, whale vertebrae, seal pelt, sea lion whiskers.

Tasty Treats: As usual we will have tasty treats, coffee/tea, water, plus the 10th birthday cake. No host bar is also available.

Nancy LaPointe, Navigate Financial

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Open Hours & Shark Month Update

The Estuarium will be closed again this Saturday, August 4th. We will be open Sunday, the 5th with half priced admissions. Our back room will still be closed off to the public as smoke damage in that section is still being addressed.

While our facilities are still recovering, our team is still keeping busy in the community! Join us tomorrow starting at 10:00 AM at the Thurston County Fair. Our booth will be set up with a number of Shark Month inspired activities and education, as well as a hands on Ocean Acidification demonstration!

We are extending Shark Month into August!
Shark talks are being rescheduled. Dr. Dayv Lowry’s shark talk will be held

August 11th, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Sandy Zeiner’s shark talk has been rescheduled for August 25th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.

The Estuarium is warmed by the community support we’ve received during this process. Thank you for all for your patience, our facilities will be open fully soon!

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Building Fire Update – CLOSED this weekend

Fire Update: Last night Carras Cabinets, the business that shares the building with the Estuarium had a fire. The Olympia fire department was able to keep the fire from spreading to the Estuarium and to keep the electricity on in the Estuarium side of the building. There is some water and smoke damage to the Estuarium. We are most grateful to the fire fighters.

All the sea life in the aquariums are fine.

The Estuarium will reopen next weekend – July 28 & 29, if possible.   Shark presentation by Davy Lowry, scheduled for July 21, will be rescheduled.

Thanks for all the concern that has been expressed.

Puget Sound Estuarium Board of Directors

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July is Shark Month!

July is Shark Month at the Estuarium! Join us throughout the month of July to celebrate and learn about these amazing icons. Shark teeth and jaws are on display, shark education and activities are abundant, and our returning guest speakers are back for another year of gripping shark talks!
July 21, 1:00 – 2:00 PM:
Dr. Dayv Lowry
Research Scientist
Department of Fish and Wildlife
July 29, 1:00 – 2:00 PM:
Sandy Zeiner
Shellfish and Enforcement Policy Analyst
NW Indian Fisheries Commission
Admission is free on Shark Talk days!
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