March 20, 2008
March 20, 2008, Long Beach, Calif.—The Aquarium of the Pacific has welcomed two almost two-year-old California sea lions, Harpo and Milo, to its Seal & Sea Lion Habitat. The two sea lions arrived at the Aquarium in June 2007 and were placed in the behind-the-scenes quarantined area required for all new animals coming into the Aquarium. During this period, the animals learned basic behaviors that allow the Aquarium’s mammal biologists to provide health care for the animals, including checking the animals’ flippers, mouth, ears, and eyes.
The older of the two seal lions, Milo, was born in May 2006 at another aquarium and had to be hand raised by husbandry specialists due to his mother rejecting him at birth. With the care of the specialists, Milo quickly began to accept bottle feedings and within months was weaned onto fish. Harpo was born a month after Milo, and has been very close with Milo even before their trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Harpo is a very active and playful sea lion who enjoys interacting with his trainers. For someone unfamiliar with their personalities, it would be very difficult to tell the difference between these two as both of them have a very dark slick coat of fur. Like most of the Aquarium’s seals and sea lions, herring and capelin are their favorite foods. The public can now meet Harpo and Milo along with their six other pinniped friends at the Seal and Sea Lion Habitat at the Aquarium.