Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Enrichment in the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center took on a lucky flare this week.

We offered the fur seals and sea lions “pots of gold” to play with yesterday. Of course, the gold coins are all safe for play, made of ice cubes, snow, and gelatin tinted with natural food dye—plus some tasty fish treats mixed in. As you can see, it was quite a festive event!

sea lions and fur seals with enrichment
Fur seals and sea lions inspect the "gold coins."
Sea lion with rainbow and gold coin enrichment
The trainers painted a rainbow on the outside of the glass—leading the way to the gold coins!
a chiidax at the end of the rainbow
A Chiidax at the end of the rainbow
seals and sea lions playing with enrichment toys
The spoils of all that fun
gelatin pots of gold and snowy shamrocks
Gelatin gold coins and snowy shamrocks, all tinted with natural food dye