BC: in loving memory of Skittle
FC: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. | Skittle
2: I just wanted to send my condolences about Skittle. It was so sad to hear. It seems like you had a tight-knit group there, and I'm sure everyone is really sad. I'm thinking of all of you.
5: While we always enjoy our visits to the Center, it was especially fun to visit while Skittle was in residence. He was quite a character, and we enjoyed projecting human thoughts and expressions onto his antics. We were saddened to hear of his passing, but know that he was able to transmit a sense of fun to many visitors. To be able to view a sea otter up close was such a special experience for us and for our guests. I also believe that many folks walked away knowing a little more about sea otters. Everyone at the SeaLife Center is to be commended on his care after rescue, and their daily efforts to assist Alaska's animals.
7: So sorry to hear of the loss of Skittle, curious little fellow that he was. Please forward my appreciation to your team for all they do for the sea creatures and organism in Alaska.
8: I am sure everyone there is just heart broken. We know how wonderful the staff is at the center. I sure hope no one there blames themselves. He was a wild animal after all. Our sympathy to all of you and thank you for what you do.
9: I’ve spent many hours there, and plan to do so again and again. Lately my time has been somewhat limited. I teach at Charter College in Anchorage, and have gotten involved in several special projects, and find that work takes up my entire life. So when I take a drive down your way, often I find I get there too late to go to the Center. But sometimes I’ll get there with even just a few minutes to spare. I’m always recharged by even a few minutes with one of your exhibits…recently I stood for about 10 minutes in front of the jelly fish tank. I’ve watched Woody and his friends for hours at a time in days when I’ve had more time. One of the benefits of being someone who comes there often is that I don’t have to go through the whole Center to benefit. As a person who believes we are meant to gain much of our spiritual insight from the Earth, I regard your place as a Temple, and love to drink from its waters whenever and for however long I can. Next time I get there, I’ll check with the folks at the desk and see if you’re there. By the way, your folks, every one that I’ve met,without exception, are wonderful ambassadors for your mission and do you credit.
11: We visited the Sealife Center in June and for me Skittle was the highlight of the visit. Our time was limited otherwise I would have spent the day watching him! A sad ending to a rescued animal who touched my heart.
12: We were very sorry to hear of Skittle's death. My family has enjoyed watching Skittle over the past few months (we would drive down from Anchorage every month to see him). Thank you for taking such excellent care of him since his rescue and for all the work you do on behalf of all stranded or abandoned animals.
14: My sister, who lives in Anchorage, called me here in Illinois about the death of Skittle. She was crying and I've just felt sick to my stomach since I heard the news. I make a pilgrimage to the SeaLife Center every year and this past trip to your facility on July 14, I must have taken 35 pictures of that sweet critter. It was hard for me to leave the Center, as I was so taken by that baby's charm. Thinking of you and your staff. I made a toast to Skittle last night with my wine and asked that God take that baby in his care.
17: My condolences and sadness on the loss of Skittle and I know you are all feeling the pain. Hopefully, the Center can remedy the unfortunate ability for sea otters to open drain pipes, and find another adorable sea otter to excite the audiences - including the SeaLife Center staff.
18: I am so sorry at the loss of Skittle. Knowing the dedication that your staff have to the goal of not only learning about the life in our oceans but in doing what we can do to make that life better, I’m sure this has come as a terrible blow. I am also sure your folks, being the warm, caring folks they are, grew to love Skittle and feel his loss terribly. In the time of your sorrow, please remember one thing. This in no way is a comment on your ability to perform your mission, or in the efficacy of that mission. Such accidents are inevitable over time. We as a species are not perfect and do not yet have perfect knowledge. Over time you will do more to know how to avoid the accidents. Over time we come closer to having that perfect knowledge because of folks like you. Skittle would not have survived at all without your intervention. You know more about the lives of sea otters because Skittle was with you. Though I didn’t get down there to see Skittle, I’m sure that many people did and knowing sea otters I’m sure their lives were touched, made brighter, by doing so. It is human nature at times like this to berate oneself for not doing some thing that could have made the difference. I’d like to point out that such self-flagellation is wasted energy. It distracts from the necessary grieving process, as it focuses away from the feelings of grief to other feelings. And it turns the past into an enemy…who did what and how bad is that…instead of a friend to be learned from. You may hear opposite messages from others…folks who will deal with their own grief by playing the blame game. Please ignore this...it is counterproductive and injurious to your mission and to the psyches of those great folks that work with you. So please take the time to mourn Skittle’s loss. In my more believing days, I’ll tell you that he’s now off swimming in some wonderful ocean in water replete with nutrition and fun things to do…in my less believing days I’ll still say it was wonderful that he was with you. Please continue with the investigation you are no doubt doing to discover how to avoid such accidents in the future. Please take care of yourselves as you go through this. And please continue in your mission…the world needs you.
20: We were so delighted to share Skittle with our family and friends. We delighted in him and we were only visitors through the glass. Please, pass on our condolences to all his caregivers.
21: I am so sorry to hear about Skittle. My niece and I were there on Monday at the Sealife Center. We enjoyed watching Skittle play in his pool. It saddens my heart and hopefully there will be a solution to fix the problem with the drain.
23: So sad to here about Skittle, I was so excited to read about him, and then being able to visit the SeaLife Center in June and see him in real life. I could have spent hours watching him. But I only had 45 minutes to spend watching and taking pictures. I have a love for sea otters and thankful for a center like yours to take care of the creatures! My condolences to all who took care of him and loved him.
24: Dear Skittle Bug, Such a bundle of sweetness and fur, oh | how we all loved you. I miss | seeing your precious face yet I feel so privileged to have known you so personally. I'll never forget | how you used to slap your chest to let me know where you wanted your food placed, or the way you would haul out of the water to nuzzle my boots. It's still so hard to accept but I know you're safe in animal heaven where the angel otters fly, completely surrounded by a never-ending supply of your beloved ice rings and clams. Good night, sweet otter.
26: Hopefully even though it's a hard lesson, it adds to your knowledge of marine mammal rescue. We love what you are doing and love the Sealife Center. Continue the good work.
27: I was so sad to read about Skittle's tragic accident. I was visiting the Sealife Center on what ended up being Skittle's last day - Tuesday, July 21st. He was definitely my favorite critter to watch - he had so much personality and almost seemed to be posing for the camera! Thanks for all you do to care for these marine creatures!