Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Octopress Online
September 2019

Another swell Wendy Feltham photo... this one captures river otters floating off our dock.

We will be switching to Fall Hours soon! Read on for details.

Eleanora Is Now In Her New Home!


Eleanora the octopus, a former resident in our aquarium, seems content in her new den in Admiralty Inlet. 

On Tuesday, August 27, with much coordination and care, we transferred Eleanora from the tank in the aquarium back to the waters of Admiralty Inlet where she was found (click first image below to read more and watch video). The dive team, that included our aquarist Ali Redman and documentarian Florian Graner, carried her to her new home where a den in a hollow log had been located for her (click second image for video). She immediately captured and ate the crab that she found there. Florian returned a day later to follow-up and he is happy to report that Eleanora is thriving in her new space. 

Ecstatic thank-yous go out to: our aquarist Ali Redman and all our volunteers and AmeriCorps for keeping Eleanora safe and stimulated during her stay with us; to all the docents for helping visitors understand this complex, graceful creature; to our donors for supporting our work inspiring conservation of the Salish Sea (and the octopuses within); and to our visitors who came and marveled at one of our aquarium's most charismatic animal ambassadors. And thank you to filmmaker, Florian Graner who has documented Eleanora's stay in our aquarium and will help her story reach even more people.

Next time you look out on the Salish Sea, think about Eleanora and all the yummy crab she's eating.

Enjoy the videos below!

Click this image to see video on Instagram of Eleanora's transfer from tank to sea.


Click this image to see video on Instagram of Eleanora's introduction 
to her new den.


International Coastal Cleanup

Saturday, September 21 

Noon to 4pm

Check in at PTMSC Portico

Turn the tide on trash! Volunteers from around the world will work together to keep our oceans and the life in them as healthy and diverse as possible. Volunteer to be part of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s effort in the International Coastal Clean-up. 

$5 gift cards to all our beach cleanup volunteers from sponsor Port Townsend Food Co-op!

Many thanks to Olympic Disposal for sponsoring this event.



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

Upcoming dates are:
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 Gabriele at volunteer@ptmsc.org.
For more information, we encourage you to visit https://ptmsc.org/get-involved/volunteer


begin Friday, September 6! 
(last day of summer hours is Labor Day, Monday September 2)  

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

noon 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

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