The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach announced the birth of its first male harbor seal at the institution, born May 1 to happy pinniped parents Shelby and Troy.
The undercover pup is not yet available for public viewing. He'll remain behind the scenes with mom until mid-to-late summer when the two are moved into the Seal and Sea Lion Habitat.
In the meantime, start coming up with names. Join the Aquarium’s "Adopt an Animal" program at the $25 level or higher before June 30 and you get to suggest a moniker for the mooneyed creature.
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- Baby seal born May 1 weighing approximately 30 pounds at birth.
- Shelby came to the Aquarium in 1998.
- Troy is 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 new male harbor seal is her second pup.
- Shelby gave birth to her first pup, a female named Bixby, in April last year.
What is "Adopt an Animal" all about?
- Individuals or groups can choose to adopt one of eight animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
- Adopt a seal at the $25 level or higher before June 30, 2013 for 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.
- The person whose suggested name is selected will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes to see the pup.
- "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.
- "Parents" at the $50 level also receive a seal plush toy.
- "Parents" at higher levels include benefits such as admission tickets, behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, and more.
- For a full list of levels and benefits, please visit www.aquariumofpacific.org/adopt.