May 8, 2013
The Aquarium of the Pacific staff is celebrating the birth of the first male harbor seal to be born at the institution. The Aquarium’s harbor seals Shelby and Troy are the parents of the seal pup, which was born on May 1, 2013, and weighed approximately 30 pounds at birth. 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.
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.
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. Aquarium staff members 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. For a full list of levels and benefits, please visit aquariumofpacific.org/adopt. The person whose suggested name is selected will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes to see the pup.