2010-07-29 / Top Stories

First Sea Lion Born At NY Aquarium Makes Splashing Debut

Photo by Julie Larsen MaherPhoto by Julie Larsen Maher The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium has visitors ooh-ing over its newest, and first ever, baby California sea lion.

This playful baby girl was born at the aquarium to mom, Clarice, on June 30. Only 15 pounds at birth, she is getting a little bigger each day. and could grow to as much as 250 pounds, so this pup still has a lot of growing to do.

“This is the first sea lion ever born at our aquarium, and we are very excited,” said Jon Dohlin, director of the New York Aquarium. “She is very sweet, and we are sure she will become an instant Coney Island celebrity and a favorite among our guests.”

On exhibit with fellow sea lions Nav and, of course, mom Clarice, the pup is still getting used to life in the water. She spends most of her time exploring the rocks and waters of the aquarium’s Sea Cliffs exhibit, which is a representation of the sea lion’s natural habitat on the West Coast.

Animal keepers say the precious pup is doing very well in her new home. Keepers look forward to her participation in basic sea lion training when she is a little older. The training is designed to teach specific behaviors in order to give the sea lions basic veterinary exams to ensure they are healthy.

As an added treat, a name for this cute pup will be auctioned off on September 22 at its annual benefit event in September. that supports the aquarium and its mission to educate visitors and protect local and global marine life.

For information on public events and programs, and other Aquarium information, call 718-265-FISH or visit http://www.nyaquarium.com. Anyone who would like to make donations in support of helping save wildlife and wild places, please go to: www.wcs.org/donation.

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