Real-life Seahawks have landed at Woodland Park Zoo

Jan 14, 2011

Have you ever seen an actual Seahawk? No, we're not talking about Matt Hasselbeck or Marshawn Lynch here, but the natural, feathered namesake of Seattle's NFL team.

The bird's proper name is the Steller's sea eagle and two of them now are now in residence at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. The pair, which arrived last month from the Los Angeles Zoo, have just emerged from a standard 30-day quarantine and can be seen in the zoo's Northern Trail section.

According to the Seattle Times, the actual birds will represent their new home team at the zoo: 

A #12 flag will be draped at the exhibit for the Seahawks game against the Chicago Bears in Sunday's divisional playoff.

The Times also reported that Seahawk executives co-chaired a fundraiser in 2008 to bring the birds here. 

Sea eagles are among the largest raptors in the world, ranging from 11 to 20 pounds, with a wingspan of up to 7.5 feet. They are believed to breed only in far eastern Russia, and are most common on the Kamchatka Peninsula.