Ursula, a Northern fur seal, is always up to something. Here she is stretching on a Fitness Friday, a great start to any New Year's resolution.
Ursula stretching with her trainer on Fitness Friday. (Photo: Ann Cortissoz)
Her latest skill may not be so elegant, or polite. But we're all family here! Here she is helping herself to some squid, lots of squid. (With a little help from her trainer, Belinda, of course!)
Ursula often visits us behind the scenes here in the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center. We first saw her sneaking snacks from the fridge while preparing food for the rest of the seals one day. (Find out what else our seals eat here.) We wondered whether it was a fluke, but sure enough, she continues to help herself whenever she's given an opportunity. If her New Year's resolution was to lay off the snacks, it looks like she's not doing so well with that goal!
Fortunately, we have an active bunch. All five of our fur seals get plenty of exercise cruising around their pool, or learning new skills during training sessions. Come by sometime and see for yourself! And in the meantime, good luck with those New Year's resolutions.
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Are you ready for some football?! A friendly rivalry is brewing with the National Aquarium in Baltimore ahead of the upcoming New England Patriots - Baltimore Ravens playoff showdown. Chacoda got into the spirit with some raucous cheering for the New England Patriots during today's training session.
Here's the message from Baltimore that got our seals all fired up:
Grrr! Chacoda is confident the Pats will dominate.
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