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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chewbacca arrives at Seattle Aquarium

Chewbacca, a northern fur seal, is on public view but in quarantine for 30-days after arriving at the Seattle Aquarium Tuesday evening from Texas. Strong and elegant swimmers, they propel themselves with their front flippers and steer with their rear flippers. A male, he will become a tank mate for Commander. Chewbacca was born in captivity 12-years ago at the New York Aquarium and weighs about 250-pounds with a daily diet of herring, squid, mackerel and capelin. He is one of only 11 northern fur seals in zoos and aquariums in the U.S. Northern fur seals live in the North Pacific and Bering Sea. Current populations in the Eastern Pacific are listed as "depleted." Chewbacca was sent here to bring companionship to Commander. Northern fur seals are protected from being hunted except by indigenous peoples in the North Pacific.

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