Gayle Anderson was live in Long Beach at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach because the staff is celebrating the birth of the first male harbor seal at the institution.
Gayle Anderson was live in Long Beach at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach because the staff is celebrating the birth of the first male harbor seal at the institution. The public has the chance to help name the pup through the aquarium’s “Adopt an Animal” program by adopting a seal at the $25 level or higher before June 30, 2013. The pup will remain behind the scenes with his mother until he is ready to be moved to his home in the Seal & Sea Lion Habitat.
“Adopt an Animal” is a program where individuals or groups can choose to adopt one of eight animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Those who choose to adopt a seal at the $25 level or higher before June 30, 2013 have the opportunity to suggest a name for the first male harbor seal born at the Aquarium. Aquarium staff will then choose one of the suggested names. “Parents” at the $25 level will receive an adoption certificate, photo, fact sheet about the animal, invitation to a special event, a subscription to the Adopt an Animal e-updates, and more. Those at the $50 level also receive a seal plush toy. Higher levels include benefits such as admission tickets, behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, and more. The person whose suggested name is selected will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes to see the pup. For a full list of levels and benefits, please visit the aquarium website.
The aquarium’s harbor seals Shelby and Troy are the parents of the seal pup, born May 1st, 2013, weighing approximately 30 pounds at birth. Shelby came to the aquarium in 1998. Troy, the aquarium’s only male harbor seal, came to the Aquarium in 2007. Most seals give birth to young starting at four to five years of age. Shelby is seventeen years old and is considered a mature mom. The male harbor seal is her second pup. Shelby gave birth to her first pup, a female named Bixby, in April last year.
It’s a Boy! The FIRST Male Harbor Seal Born at
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach
100 Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, CA 90802
562 590 3100
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