A Puffinery of Puffins or The Alaskan Sealife Center
Celebrating 10 years on the shore of Resurrection Bay in Seward, AK the Alaskan Sealife Center is a non-profit organization to help Alaskan’s marine animals and birds.
Rehabilitation for injured and orphaned animals is a big part of this organization. With the huge devastating oil spill by Exxon the need for a facility to help the injured animals was realized. The facility cost 55 million to build and the Exxon settlement funds made up 37.5 million. The rest was made up in bonds.
They now have an I Sea U facility for the animals who need round the clock medical care. We were able to view a baby Walrus in the I Sea U when we there. He had is head laying on the attendant ‘s leg. They are very tactile creatures and need to be touched a lot when they are young. Right now there are two baby Walruses, both from Barrow. One was brought down by the U.S. Coast Guard (my son's friend was one of the Coasties) and the other by cargo plane. They are both doing well and gaining weight. One was found when it tried to board a fishing boat!
One of the rescued animals made the national news in July, unfortunately it did not end well. They rescued an orphaned Beluga whale. They have never had success with these guys before. They called in experts from around the country, but without their mothers milk and the antibodies it contains, the little guy succumbed to infection a month later.
The most fun was the Puffin area. What a place to have a great time! The birds are very friendly ( and I was told that some don’t know they are birds). There are no fences to keep you from them and they from you. I could have spent all day there! The kittiwakes were screeching , the duck were sleeping, but the Puffins were doing what Puffins do and that is just being adorably cute! And one little guy, an Oyster catcher I believe, tried to get into a man’s lap who was in a wheelchair. We were told she is about a year old and is incredibly friendly! She finally fell asleep on the rail.
On to the Puffins, Horned Puffins and Tufted
This was the bird who didn't know she was a bird and tried to get into the man's lap!
Do not disturb the duck!
One of my best pics ever!
Here is a mural that I thought was beautiful, they were either re-doing it or actually creating it the day we were there.
I will leave you with a photo of Resurrection Bay. Seward is a beautiful place, maybe to big of town for us but the view doesn't get to much better!!
Not done yet, LOL! Here is someone cuter then a Puffin, Brody!!
A little drool but still cute!
Gotta have Carharts!