|Adjusting the camera: Above the water|
This skill gives us a special opportunity to see what it's like to effortlessly navigate the habitat in this Front Plaza exhibit and even spring out of the water during a training session! Today's cool video shows us both sides of that story: the traditional above-water perspective of trainers in the exhibit and below the water from Chucky's point of view! Take a look.
Not only does this skill of Chacoda's provide a fun way to explore the exhibit underwater, learning new skills such as wearing a harness is a good way to keep this harbor seal active both mentally and physically. Trainers also teach seals behaviors that can help with their medical care, such as opening their mouths for tooth brushing or presenting a flipper so a vet can examine it or draw blood.
|Adjusting the camera: Chacoda's perspective|
|The harbor seals cruising among the toys in their exhibit|
Come by to see the harbor seals in their Front Plaza exhibit. You'll have new appreciation for the agility and abilities of these athletic harbor seals!
Check out these links to learn more about the harbors seals:
- Here's a picture of the previous incarnation of the critter cam—so big!
- Learn the lingo trainers use to teach the seals and sea lions new skills
- Go through the steps that the trainers learn to teach the seals new behaviors
- The harbor seals are the Aquarium's welcoming committee
- Watch Chacoda work out with some crunches
- And see how Chacoda can be a real romantic