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Shelby the Harbor Seal

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While Ellie, our eldest harbor seal who was born and raised in New York carries herself around with a dignity that is reminiscent of the East Coast Socialite that she was named after, Shelby, our other female harbor seal is a definitely an outgoing California Girl. She was born and raised on the West Coast and carries herself around like a SoCal surfer girl.

Shelby is one of the original pinnipeds of the Aquarium of the Pacific. On Grand Opening Day back in 1998, she was a precocious 3 year old seal peering out at all the visitors through the underwater tunnel. During the Aquarium’s Grand Opening year you could always find Shelby at the window interacting with guests. She was so full of energy and curiosity that the original marine mammal staff decided that they needed to train her to do a lot of high energy behaviors to keep her from getting bored. You can easily tell which one of the seals is Shelby. Just look for the one that is doing porpoises out in the middle of the exhibit, rolling, bouncing and turning like a gymnast on the beach, and spinning like a top in the water. She’s also considered one of the prettiest seals on the West Coast. Troy our young male harbor seal seems to really appreciate that fact as he always seemed to be following her around like a shadow. However, Shelby actually treats poor Troy like a kid brother who she can seem to shake when she’s out and about. I always wonder if Troy gets a bit jealous as I often give Shelby an impromptu hug while working with her.

Shelby the Harbor Seal
Shelby (shown here with Miller the Sea Lion) had a lot of energy and curiosity when she first came to the Aquarium just before the Grand Opening back in 1998.  | Hugh Ryono
Shelby the Harbor Seal
A very pretty seal, Shelby has caught the eye of our young male harbor seal Troy. He can often be found following her around. Here you can see Shelby with Troy in the background checking her out.  | Hugh Ryono

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Serrano & Arellano Fam.

Sunday, February 01, 2009 11:31 AM

Last Sunday on Jan 25, 2009. We went on a family trip to Aquqrium of the Pacific and it was the most amazing adventure we ever have in our life, I was facinated with the so friendly seal at the Aquarium’s tunel she was playing with the visitors specially kids. My 4 years-old grandson Angel Serrano, we celebrate his B-Day there, he fall in love with it. Thank you for this wonderful oportunity to the public.

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Hugh

Monday, February 02, 2009 05:38 PM

Happy Birthday to Angel!

I’m happy that he enjoyed our seals. I know that they like the kids that play with them in the tunnel.

Hugh

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