Port Townsend Marine Science Center
 

Octopress Online
August 2019

Our intrepid photographer Wendy Feltham snapped this shot on a recent Puffin Cruise.

Want a chance to see these amazing birds up close?

Sign up for one of our upcoming Puffin Cruises! Read on below.

UPDATE: Eleanora's Big Day Approaches

It’s almost Eleanora’s big day, when we release this beautiful giant Pacific octopus to seek her fortune in the Salish Sea!

Over the next few weeks, we will devise a plan to return Eleanora to the location she originated from. It will be a carefully coordinated process involving many team members.

From PTMSC aquarist Ali Redman's blog entry

Despite a relatively brief 10 months with us, Eleanora has had a large impact. She arrived a small and somewhat shy octopus that could fit in your hands. Now at nine feet tentacle tip to tentacle tip and growing larger by the day, she is less vulnerable to hungry predators and ready to explore. 

She has delighted staff and visitors alike, amazing us with her curiosity, keen intelligence and agility. Over 14,000 visitors have been able to get “up close and personal” with her since her arrival in September 2018.

Read more of our latest blog entry on this exciting chapter for one of our most beloved residents.

And be sure to visit her before she twirls off!

 

photo by David Gluckman

2019 PUFFIN CRUISES

in partnership with
Puget Sound Express 

Just TWO more opportunities
to spot puffins this summer!

Saturday, August 3
&
Saturday, August 10

Book online
via the Puget Sound Express website

Seats book fast, so don't miss out!
(Don't forget your binoculars!)

ADVENTURESS SAIL

Sunday, September 1 

9 am - 3 pm 

$95 per person
($75 members of the Marine Science Center)

The Marine Science Center offers one 6-hour sailing adventure each year to see Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge aboard the 133' historic schooner, Adventuress.

On this cruise, you can help the crew sail this historic vessel while enjoying a leisurely tour to the wildlife sanctuary.

As on all our cruises, Port Townsend Marine Science Center will provide a naturalist and cruise hosts to assist in wildlife spotting and interpretation.

The sail departs at 9 am on September 1 from the Northwest Maritime Center dock at the north end of Water St. in Port Townsend, and returns to the dock at 3 pm.

 

LOW TIDE WALKS:
TWO IN AUGUST!

 

Saturday, August 3rd
11 am - 1 pm

- & - 

Saturday, August 31st
10 am - noon

Museum Portico

FREE with price of admission 


Meet at the Museum exhibit portico entrance for a guided Low Tide Walk on the beach with PTMSC naturalists. Explore tide pools and learn about how marine organisms are adapted for the challenges of living in the intertidal zone.

We recommend weather-appropriate clothing and shoes with good traction for moving around on wet slippery rocks.

Please RSVP to Carolyn Woods at cwoods@ptmsc.org or call
(360) 385-5582 x109

And check back to our beach walks page to stay up-to-date on future walks!

 

 

NEW VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSIONS

Attend a session and learn about PTMSC and the volunteer opportunities available. 

Upcoming dates are:
Tuesday, August 20
Tuesday, September 10
Tuesday, October 15

 

Orientations are 4-5:30 pm in the Museum classroom (building 502, on the shore)
 

For more information or to RSVP, contact Mandi or Gabriele at volunteer@ptmsc.org.For more information, we encourage you to visit https://ptmsc.org/get-involved/volunteer

 

PORT LUDLOW
MOVIE NIGHT

Saturday, August 24

Port Ludlow Marina Lawn

Booths Open at 5:00 p.m.—Movie Free Willy Starts at Dusk

PTMSC will have a booth at this community event.

Booths will provide food, fun and entertainment. There will be raffles, crafts and games for children of all ages. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets and a picnic or enjoy the variety of foods offered.

For more info, check out the Facebook event page.

 
 

ON THE BLOG:

Anne Murphy
Ocean Stewards Scholarship
WINNER!

Grace Johnson of Nordland is this year's recipient. Learn More about her future goals and history with PTMSC.

UPDATE:
Eleanora's
Big Day
Approaches

Soon Eleanora will return to her ocean. Aquarist Ali Redman reflects on what we learned from each other.

2018
ANNUAL
REPORT 

Is Here!

Check in with us as we take a look back at another year's highlights and accomplishments. Thank you for your help! 

Keeping Up
with
ELIZA

DAWSON

Eliza has gone from rowing the Pacific to her research  monitoring sea level rise.
Find out more on her blog.

SEEKING NOMINATIONS: Eleanor Stopps Award

Know of a local environmental hero? Nominate them for the ESELA award!
Deadline is August 22nd!

AmeriCorps
Report:
A WHALE
of a Time

Our AC Educator Mandi Johnson breaks down recent gray whale strandings here in our Salish Sea. (Photos!)

 

SUMMER HOURS
(thru Labor Day)

BOTH THE AQUARIUM & MUSEUM
OPEN DAILY
(CLOSED Tuesdays)

11 am to 5 pm

$5 adults, $3 youth (ages 6-17), kids FREE (ages 5 and under)

 

Contact Us

Port Townsend Marine Science Center
532 Battery Way

Port Townsend, Washington 98368
(360) 385-5582
info@ptmsc.org

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