The Alaska SeaLife Center located at the end of the road in Downtown Seward is a must visit. They have a rehabilitation center for injured animals, a beautiful aquarium, an informative museum and state-of-the-art research facility.
“The Alaska SeaLife Center is dedicated to understanding and maintaining the integrity of the marine ecosystem of Alaska through research, rehabilitation and public education. Rescued and rehabilitated animals provide insight to the biology and ecology of their species. Through educational programs, we increase public knowledge of the marine environment and public awareness of its importance to our ecosystem. The primary objective of the Rehabilitation Program is to return all rehabilitated animals back to their natural habitat as healthy animals.”
They are intensively researching the dwindling population of Steller sea lions in order to learn what is causing such low numbers. They have set up cameras at the rookery and popular haul out areas around Seward. For 20 hours a day scientists and researchers watch these cameras and collect data on the sea lions. One of the women we met said that she can identify over 700 sea lions based on their fins and fur patterns. They have also pioneered programs studying eiders, harbor seals, sea otters, fur seals and other species experiencing population declines in Alaska.
They have a variety of native fish, birds and mammals on display that allow you to get incredibly close to an array of fantastic wildlife.