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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 from a facility in Texas. He is one of only 11 northern fur seals in zoos and aquariums in the U.S. Strong and elegant swimmers, they propel themselves with their front flippers and steer with their rear flippers, capable of moving at 15-miles-per-hour. He came here to become a companion to Commander, a resident fur seal at the aquarium.

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