Second Harbor Seal in 15 Years Born at New York Aquarium

By Ben Fractenberg on June 30, 2014 6:01pm 

 A 22-pound harbor seal was born at the New York State Aquarium on May 27, 2014.
A 22-pound harbor seal was born at the New York State Aquarium on May 27, 2014.
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BROOKLYN — A harbor seal was born at the New York Aquarium in late May  only the second born there in the past 15 years.

The still-unnamed pup, which has a rounded body and spotted coat, weighed 22 pounds when it was birthed at the Coney Island aquarium on May 27, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

“He has already made an impression on visitors and staff,” Jon Forrest Dohlin, WCS vice president and director of the New York Aquarium, said in a statement Monday. “He is a delightful addition to the aquarium and a treat to everyone who comes through the facility while we work to recover from Hurricane Sandy and toward the opening of Ocean Wonders: Sharks!”

The seal has gained between a half pound and one pound each day and could weigh up to 250 pounds as an adult.

The pup will live in the aquarium’s Sea Cliffs along with three other harbor seals, penguins, sea otters, sea lions and walruses.

The aquarium, located on Surf Avenue at West 8th Street, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer.

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