Opened in 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center operates as a private, non-profit research institution and public aquarium, with wildlife response and education programs. It generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The ASLC is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.
This world-class, 115,000-square-foot facility was built with funds from the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and serves to remind visitors - in a highly interactive way - of the importance of understanding and maintaining the integrity of Alaska's oceans.
See life swimming right before your eyes: witness a Steller sea lion gliding past underwater viewing windows, puffins diving in a carefully crafted naturalistic habitat, and harbor seals resting on rocky beaches. Check out a brand new skate exhibit, and engage your senses at the Discovery touch tank. Observe the Chiswell Island Exhibit, where a remote camera sends live video of the Steller Sea Lion Rookery in Resurrection Bay. And view giant Pacific octopuses – three females have laid eggs now three times at the Center!
Besides the standard self-guided tour, the Alaska SeaLife Center offers special Behind the Scenes tours and Animal Encounters. Tours and programs at the center introduce visitors to the wonders of the ocean and allow them to experience opportunities with wildlife firsthand. Whether connecting with an octopus arm to arm in the Octopus Encounter, feeding a puffin on the Puffin Encounter, or getting an up close training and feeding session with harbor seals at the Marine Mammal Encounter!