With the recent celebration of National Siblings Day, we thought we’d share a quick note about some of the siblings here in the Aquarium’s Harbor Seal Exhibit. The picture above features Amelia and her brother Reggae. You can recognize them by that absence of bold spots on their belly. There’s also the spotty brother-sister pair of Cayenne and Chacoda. Here’s a quick primer so you can tell who’s who in the exhibit!
Reggae is a male Atlantic harbor seal born at the New England Aquarium on May 30, 1993. He is the son of Smoke and the brother of Amelia. Reggae has no spots on his belly. He also happens to be the largest of our seals. His maximum weight is 230 pounds, which fluctuates throughout the year depending on the season.
Amelia is the only seal with a belly that is totally spot free and cream colored. She has almond-shaped eyes and can be frequently seen taking a nap on the bottom of the exhibit in the shallow end in front of the rocks. She was born in May of 1985.
Chacoda (or Chuck, as we call him), has a mottled black/grey/brown belly, chest, neck and face. He also has a square head like Reggae, but isn’t as large. He has almond shaped eyes and was born on June 8, 1995. His name was chosen by his trainers and is a combination of two different words … Chauncy (a lobster pier in Maine that a lot of trainers enjoyed) and Coda (the end of a musical piece, since Chacoda’s Mom is named Trumpet).
Cayenne, compared to the others, is the smallest seal on exhibit. As well as being the most petite, she also has the boldest spots. These black spots are on her belly, chest and neck. She has large black freckles on her cheeks as well. She is most comfortable in the shallow end of the exhibit and will sometimes interact with visitors after hours through the glass.
Trumpet is the mother of Chuck and Cayenne. She has a lighter coat with dispersed black, dash-like spots. She has these marks on her belly, chest, neck and both cheeks. She has narrow, almond-shaped eyes and swims more than rests.
Lana used to have a belly that looked more like Reggae’s, but after a recent molting season, her new coat came in freckled! Lana has a few age related bumps on her sides and hips. Not to worry—they have been checked out by vet staff and are not anything to be concerned about. Lana has a narrow muzzle and is usually swimming around the entire exhibit.
Swing by the front plaza of the Aquarium to see if you can tell who’s who in the exhibit!