• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 4s

Northern fur seal a first for SeaLife Center

By KTVA CBS 11 News 12:39 PM November 21, 2013

Chiidax was found in Sand Point in July

ANCHORAGE – It’s an overload of adorable at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

Staff are taking care of a baby northern fur seal — a first for the center.

The four-month old pup is named Chiidax, which is an Aleut word for “small, young animal.”

He was found in July in Sand Point on the Aleutian Chain, about 200 miles from the nearest rookery.

Chiidax has almost doubled in size during his time at the SeaLife Center, weighing about 18 pounds. Full-grown male northern fur seals can reach up to 600 pounds.

Staff said it’s been an interesting challenge figuring out how to care for him since fur seals depend on their mothers for food for at least the first four months of life.

“We do our best to duplicate that with a special formula depending on what species the animal is,” explained Stranding Supervisor Halley Werner. “Since this is the first northern fur seal we have, we actually needed to create that formula and find what would best meet his nutritional needs.”

Chiidax will be transferred to his new home at the New England Aquarium in Boston Dec. 3.

That aquarium has the largest fur seal population in the United States and staff say Chiidax will have a lot of new friends to play with.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex

    by Associated Press on Jul 06, 14:11

    Bill Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with. He admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman. The Associated Press went to court to compel the release of the documents, and they were made public Monday. […]

  • News

    Starbucks says some drink prices to go up by 5 to 20 cents

    by Associated Press on Jul 06, 13:34

    Starbucks says it’s hiking prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks. The Seattle-based company also raised prices nationally about a year ago. A small and large brewed coffee will each go up by 10 cents in most areas of the country, Starbucks says. That would […]

  • News

    Operation Doghouse delivers 30 new homes over the weekend

    by Makayla Clark on Jul 06, 12:56

    On Sunday, 30 sled dogs got new houses, courtesy of the volunteer group Operation Doghouse. The Sockeye Fire swept through the Willow area in June, destroying homes in the area — including those of local mushers. Megan Ashe and a group of fellow Alaskans started Operation Doghouse, created to help the hundreds of the Willow-based dogs […]

  • News

    Missing couple found dead off Denali Highway in ‘dilapidated trailer’

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 06, 12:37

    A death investigation is underway after a couple was found deceased in a trailer off the Denali Highway Sunday. Friday evening, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a man and woman missing from a campsite near Mile 79 of the Denali Highway, near the Susitna River Bridge. “Initial responding troopers found evidence suggesting an […]

  • Crime

    1 dead in Selawik; Armed suspect barricades self inside residence

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 06, 11:42

    A man has barricaded himself inside a residence in the northwest Alaska village of Selawik. Early Monday morning, Kotzebue Alaska State Troopers received a report that a man was shooting a firearm in the village. The Selawik Village Police Officer told AST that the suspect barricaded himself inside a residence, according to an online dispatch. The […]

  • DayBreak

    Special Olympics relay unofficially kicks off world games

    by Daybreak Staff on Jul 06, 11:10

    Alaskans are joining a nationwide relay for the unofficial start of the World Special Olympics happening later this month in Los Angeles. Monday afternoon, Special Olympics athletes, supporters and local law enforcement will take part in the torch run. “We’re going to light the Flame of Hope and march it down the streets of Anchorage,” […]

  • DayBreak

    Alaskan book series a treasure trove of historical goodness

    by Daybreak Staff on Jul 06, 10:58

    The research of one of Alaska’s former leading historians lives on in a book series called “Aunt Phil’s Trunk.” Laurel Downing Bill wrote the collection after inheriting years of research collected by her Aunt Phyllis Downing Carlson. “My aunt, who the series is named after, wrote about Alaska for national magazines and newspapers and won […]

  • News

    Missing hiker found dead off Juneau mountain trail

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 06, 10:27

    A Florida man was found dead Sunday evening after hiking on Mount Roberts in Juneau, authorities say. The body of 35-year-old Michael Patrick Blaisdell of Orlando, Florida, was found Sunday around 8 p.m. off the Mount Roberts trail system, near the base of a 50-foot drop in Bear Valley, according to an online dispatch from Alaska […]