the Sea Lion
The Aquarium recently welcomed another sea lion to our New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center.
Tipper, a 4-year-old sea lion, was found on a California beach in 2013. She was too young to be on her own and was emaciated. The attending veterinarian at the Fort MacArthur Marine Mammal Care Center in Los Angeles determined that she could not be released back into the wild. So Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, N.J., offered to provide her a home.
Although she did well with her two male companions there, it seemed like Tipper would benefit by joining Zoe and Sierra, who are also female sea lions, here at the New England Aquarium.
Sea lions typically live in predominately male or female groups except during breeding season. So moving Tipper to our exhibit will also benefit Zoe and Sierra.
Since arriving at the Aquarium in November, Tipper is very interactive through windows and seems to enjoy watching people play catch with Frisbees and basketballs. She also likes to slurp and eat ice cubes, which Aquarium staff use as part of her training and enrichment programs.
If you haven’t already, we hope you visit the marine mammal center soon and welcome Tipper, who is darker brown than Zoe and Sierra, slightly smaller, and has very large soulful eyes—you can almost get lost in them.
Some of our other seals and sea lions have also come from rescue centers along the California coast. Luna, our youngest Northern fur seal, was found along the West coast, unable to forage efficiently and also too young to fend for herself. She joined our colony of fur seals and sea lions last fall.