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Newly Remodeled Seal and Sea Lion Habitat Now Open

California sea lion Harpo

Credit: Robin Riggs

January 25, 2017

The Aquarium’s Seal and Sea Lion Habitat, which closed at the end of 2016 for renovations, has reopened and is now on view daily for Aquarium visitors. The exhibit now features new rockwork and a coastal seascape mural as well as windows and platforms that provide better visibility of the animals and presenters. The highlight is an all-new, curved viewing window that allows animals and guests to come face to face.

A mural was added below the Cafe Scuba window to represent a local seascape. | Alice Hsieh

During the renovation, the exhibit was drained of its 182,000 gallons of water to allow for the complete overhaul of the plumbing, rock work, windows, and other structures. The remodel also improved the working space for animal care staff to conduct daily feedings, health checks, and training sessions with the seals and sea lions.