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Come meet our charming harbor seals! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the harbor seal exhibit.

You will have a variety of opportunities to interact with the seals. Interactions vary from day to day and are done at the trainer’s discretion.

You may have a chance to rub a seal’s belly and back, give some signals to a seal, get splashed, touch a flipper, or even touch a seal’s tongue. Most of the time the seals are willing to give a kiss as well!

How it works

  • Check in at the Information Desk in the main lobby by 3:15 p.m.  A trainer will meet you in the Aquarium lobby and escort you behind the scenes of the Harbor Seal Exhibit by 3:30 p.m.
  • You will get information on how to safely interact with the seals, then head out to meet one of these charismatic animals during a training session.
  • Once in the exhibit with the trainer, you will kneel close to the water’s edge, and the trainer will introduce the seal, explaining its unique traits, and teaching the participant about how the seals are trained.
  • Interactions vary depending upon which seal is involved and how comfortable the participant and the seal are interacting with each other. Particular behaviors are at the trainer’s discretion and are not guaranteed.
  • Throughout this program participants will gain a strong appreciation for marine animals and learn how to conserve and protect our oceans.
  • After the program, the trainer will escort the guests off the exhibit and they will be free to explore the rest of the Aquarium.

Program Details

Ages: 7 and older (Children ages 7 to 9 must be accompanied by an adult who is a paid program participant.)
Maximum number of participants: 2
Program occurs on Saturdays and Sundays
$90 plus the cost of admission, admission required ($80 for members)

Program Guidelines

Wear closed-toe shoes with traction. High heels are not allowed. The exhibit is outdoors so dress accordingly. Please note that you may get saltwater on your shoes and clothing, and the deck can be slippery. Rain jackets can be provided on request.

Cameras are allowed, but they must have a wrist or neck strap to prevent being dropped into the exhibit. A professional photographer will be in the exhibit taking photographs, which will be available for purchase at the photo desk in the main lobby. Friends and family will be able to take pictures from outside the exhibit.

The program occurs during a scheduled training session. If participants do not arrive before 3:15 p.m., they will miss their program. There will be no refund for participants who do not show up or arrive late.