HCC's Marine Science and Technology Center celebrates 5th birthday, octopus graduation

Highline Community College's Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center celebrates two special occasions on Saturday, June 15 – its fifth birthday and annual octopus graduation.

Festivities begin at noon at the center, located on Redondo Beach Drive, next door to Salty's, at 28203 Redondo Beach Drive S., Des Moines.

Scarlet, the MaST Center's Giant Pacific Octopus, will "graduate" and be released back into the Puget Sound with a dive team and underwater, interactive video.

The release will occur at noon and be broadcast via streaming online videos and live at the MaST Center.

Cake and light refreshments will be served as a part of the birthday celebration following the release.

The event is free and open to the public.

Arrive early for best viewing.

For more information on the MaST Center, visit

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