Let's all go to the movies!

You may have seen the rash of #PrattKeeping images being splashed across the internet this week.

A casual search for #Prattkeeping will turn up all sorts of trainers interacting with animals

It's an internet meme with trainers interacting with the animals in their care to resemble a scene from Jurassic World. In the scene, Chris Pratt is working with his velocoraptors. We've been loving the reenactments with walruses, ostriches, giraffes, tortoises, chickens and everything in between.

Here's the scene from Jurassic World that's proven to be quite the inspiration.
Chris Pratt plays a velocraptor trainer in the new movie. (Can you imagine?!)

Well, our marine mammals are always up for some fun, so of course they wanted in on the act!

Erin with Sierra and Zoe, our California sea lions, and Commander, our big handsome fur seal

Patty with Kit and Chidaxx, our youngest Northern fur seals

Lindsay with Lana, Chuck and Reggae the Atlantic harbor seals

We always knew our seals and sea lions had a little Hollywood in them! Enjoy, hope you have a great weekend. Come by and say hello to our talented group of marine mammals (and trainers!) sometime.


Reggae is the birthday boy

This past weekend we celebrated the birthday of Reggae, the dashing Atlantic harbor seal!

On May 30, Reggae turned 22. While that may sound old, his mom lived to be 40 years old! Reggae's middle-age milestone was celebrated with special attention from the trainers, including some smooches from Lindsay.

Happy birthday, Reggae!
The next time you're visiting the Aquarium, or even just passing by on the Harborwalk, be sure to stop and check out the birthday boy. In fact, all the harbor seals have birthdays around this time—even more reason to visit and wave hello to these fascinating and fabulous marine animals!

Want to get even closer to the seals? Check out our Meet and Greet the Harbor Seals or Paint With the Seals programs! 


Artists in the news

Did you see the harbor seals in The Boston Globe this weekend? They were showing off their artistic abilities during a Paint with the Seals program. We do this enriching behavior with the seals regularly, something fun that the seals can learn. But now visitors can be part of the creative process by choosing colors and being there while the masterpiece is created!

Learn more about our Paint With the Seals Program.

Read the full article in The Boston Globe.

Chacoda gets creative | Photo: David Ryan/Boston Globe

Cayenne gets creative | Photo: David Ryan/Boston Globe


Slow Motion Elevation

Way back this winter (note the snow, ugh), Chacoda the harbor seal gave visitors a clinic on porpoising. Porpoising is when a seal (or any marine animal) bursts out of the water, usually in a graceful arc. It's a skill that this harbor seal has down pat! Since it's never too late to share awesome video, check out this slow-motion clip of Chuck getting some air.


Chacoda was born on June 8, 1995. He'll be 20 next month! He is part of our spotted family of seals. You can distinguish him from other seals in the exhibit by looking for the dark spots all along his belly and his large nostrils (especially compared to his sister Cayenne, who has more petite features).

That face!

Let's air things out and see how marine animals leap out of the water:


Trading Places: Bidding Farewell to Leu and Flaherty

Commander's arrival comes with a bit of bittersweet: To make room for this breeding adult male, some of our younger males were transported to the Seattle Aquarium. Leu and Flaherty traced Commander's path in reverse out to Seattle and are settling into their new exhibit. The marine mammal trainers at the Seattle Aquarium are already very enamored with these smart, charismatic guys and report that they are doing really well.

Leu behind the scenes of the marine mammal center

Flaherty shows off his handsome flippers

Leu and Flaherty were always close companionsalmost since day one—so it made sense that they would go together. Of course, we miss "the boys" dearly. But part of creating a genetically healthy populations of Northern fur seals means sometimes the animals must move around to accommodate breeding pairs. The hope is that Commander and Ursula will have pups someday.

Flaherty was born at the New England Aquarium in 2012. Look at what a chunkster he was as a pup! 
Leu is always up for some fun, including trick or treating for some fish.

If you're ever in Seattle, pop in to visit old friends like Leu and Flaherty at the Seattle Aquarium!

Here are some classic blog posts about the boys—Leu and Flaherty: