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The Woods Hole Science Aquarium announced today the death of its second seal in ten days. The two seals had been with the aquarium since 2008.  

On July 3rd, the female seal known as LuSeal, who was 15, died of unknown causes. Today the Aquarium says the companion seal in the tank, named Bumper, has also died. No tests results have been received yet on Lucille’s death.

Bumper showed signs of falling ill on Monday morning, said Teri Frady of the NOAA Fisheries, which operates the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. Since then the staff has been providing 24-hour veterinary care.  

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There’s an art exhibit of a different kind at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.  Called "Artwork Inspired by a Presidential Home," it features artworks made with materials salvaged from the summer home of President and Jackie Kennedy in Hyannis Port. The artwork ranges from furniture (a table made from floorboards) to whimsical (a birdhouse incorporating pieces of the widow's walk) to functional (turned bowls and candlesticks).

Lawrence Brown

What to do with the kids next week? Don't worry, we've got suggestions - and also plenty to do this weekend.  Here's your Weekend Outlook.

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Gulf Stream Orphans are appearing in our region. That’s not the name of a rock band, and they’re not unaccompanied children. Gulf Stream Orphans is the research term for Caribbean fish that show up in our Cape Cod waters, and scientists are looking to see if their numbers are increasing.

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More solar outbursts on Monday have created the conditions for the Northern Lights to again be visible (maybe!) across the Cape and Islands tonight.

Earlier this week, on Monday night, the Northern Lights were visible from our shores.

Dr. Michael West, astronomer with the Maria Mitchell Observatory on Nantucket, explains what causes the Northern Lights, and has some tips for the getting the best views, in his conversation with Steve Junker on All Things Considered.

Cape Cod Times / Christine Hochkep

 

Dancing for a Cure, the exuberant fundraiser to fight cancer, returns for a 5th year, bringing together hundreds of people of all ages to dance and dance and dance (and dance).

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Holiday activities reach their crescendo this weekend, with events to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the Solstice.  

For Christmas, there’s the Living Creche in Dennis.  Did you know, this treasured tradition started in 1982 when a fire destroyed the plaster Nativity, and, with no time to replace it, a suggestion was made to use live people and animals?  True Cape Cod Holiday fact.

New Black Eagles Jazz Band

Hey you gorgeous weekend, let's go out and have fun. 

Music, film, beer, theater -  take your pick of activities to explore. JazzFest Falmouth starts this weekend, and there are more events planned than ever, because now the festival runs more days than ever. Enjoy the Jazz Stroll, and the New Black Eagles Jazz Band at Woods Hole Community Hall is a show not to miss for sure.

CapeCodWeather.net

Yes, it's been awfully hot this week, with temperatures in the mid 80s and touching 90 in places. But for the Cape and Islands, according to meteorologist Phil Burt of CapeCodWeather.net, the weather hasn't met the technical definition for a heat wave.