New Arrival, Baby Harbor Seal Born at The Aquarium of the Pacific

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Most seals give birth to young starting at four to five years of age. Shelby, one of the Aquarium’s female harbor seals, is 16 years old and gave birth to her first pup today. The newborn female seal weighs approximately 20 pounds.

Since Shelby is a first time mother, she does not have experience rearing young. Aquarium experts will be closely watching Shelby’s parenting skills to ensure the pup is receiving the proper nutrition as the two have time to bond. Shelby was two years old when she came to the Aquarium just before its June 1998 opening. The father of the pup, Troy, joined the Aquarium in 2007.

The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit institution, is dedicated to instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions. The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach, CA. For more information call (562) 590-3109 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.

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