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Harbor Seal Shelby Celebrates 21st Birthday

2017 Shelby Harbor Seal birthday

Keepers Michele Sousa and Jeff Gacad serve special treats to Shelby on her birthday.

March 27, 2017

On March 22, the Aquarium’s harbor seal Shelby celebrated her twenty-first birthday. Aquarium visitors and members of the media were in attendance to document the occasion at the Seals and Sea Lions Habitat. The senior seal received special birthday treats while her visitors sporting party hats sang “Happy Birthday.”

Shelby was born and raised on the West Coast and arrived at the Aquarium at the age of three in 1998. Shelby may have limited eyesight, but you would never guess. She is confident in her habitat and determined to do things on her own. She is the mother of two seal pups born at the Aquarium in 2012 and 2014: Bixby and Toby.