Wanted: Puget Sound Sea Lion Killer

On Sat Feb. 11 10am-3pm, animals at Woodland Park Zoo will receive divine Valentine’s Day treats such as herbal bouquets, heart-shaped steaks, and more. Here's a red ruffed lemur indulging in a heart-shaped grapevine wreath. Photo credit Mat Hayward/Woodland Park Zoo

Spurred by the death of at least seven sea lions and one harbor seal, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is offering a ten-grand reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting the sea mammals in the head. Last year, Sea Shepherd offered a reward of $11,500 and caught the man responsible for killing twenty-two sea lions in New Zealand. As per usual, if you see something, say something: to report information on the sea lion shootings, please contact the NOAA Enforcement Hotline at 800-853-1964.

In happier sea animal news, the baby sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium is getting bigger and cuter, so be sure to check out the otter cam and vote for her name now through February 24th. And for Valentine’s Day, at noon the Aquarium will be playing matchmaker at the Octopus Blind Date, with an octopus male and octopus female and Barry White music pumped in (TWSS) to set the mood. That merely serves as a precursor for Octopus Week, which has tons of activities featuring our eight-armed friends.

And of course, the Woodland Park Zoo has a Valentine’s Day event too: all day Saturday the animals will receive special treats for the big day, from heart-shaped ice pops to herbal bouquets and heart-shaped steaks. No wonder February 11th is World Happy Day.