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Marine Mammals

Meet our rescued marine mammals

The Aquarium of Niagara happily opens its doors for rescued animals with all conditions. There are times when the exact medical issues with rescued animals is unknown but to give them a full and happy life no matter the time frame, is one of our biggest prides. We graciously welcome all rescued animals to the Aquarium and our mission is to give them the best, most fulfilled chance at life with a happy loving forever home.

You can meet a seal during a Seal Encounter!

Meet a Seal!

  • Kiah

    Kiah is a female California sea lion and was rescued off the coast of California when she was about 1 year old. She joined the Aquarium of Niagara's family in December of 2009. Kiah is an extremely intelligent animal and knows over 80 behaviors! She loves working with her trainers and learning new high energy behaviors.
  • Mia

    Mia and Isabel are a mother and pup duo. Mia was born in the wild in 2010 and was rescued by the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, California in 2014 when she was found malnourished and lethargic. Mia had pneumonia and had suffered several seizures. A few days after her rescue, to everyone's surprise, she gave birth to her pup, Isabel and both joined our family in 2015. Mia is often seen just floating around in the pool and can be very vocal, especially if Copper is around.
  • Isabel

    Isabel is a female California sea lion and was born at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, California on June 24, 2014 while her mother, Mia, was under care. Because she was born in the facility, Isabel became habituated to humans and was deemed non-releasable. Isabel is the darkest of our sea lions, and the smallest. She is very smart, energetic and loves to play and jump.
  • Copper

    Copper is a female California sea lion who was born at Sea World San Antonio in 2012. She came to the aquarium in May 2016 with Pickles. Copper is our largest sea lion and is long and lanky. Copper is very smart and learns quickly, she is also fast and agile.
  • Sandy

    Sandy is a female Pacific harbor seal who was born in the wild in 1980. She was rescued off the coast of Washington state the same year she was born, and since she was a pup with no sufficient parental care, she was deemed non-releasable. Sandy came to the Aquarium on October 22, 1980. She has a cataract in her right eye but did have successful cataract surgery in her left eye. Sandy is dark gray with tan spots, and when you observe her you'll see scars on her hind region; this happened 30 years ago when she came too close to another seal's pup, and the mother reacted defensively.
  • Zoey

    Zoey is a female Atlantic harbor seal and she was born in the wild in 2009. She was a stranded pup when she was rescued on Hummarock Beach, Massachusetts. At the rescue center it was discovered that Zoey had a severe middle ear infection. Successful surgery was performed but she was deemed non-releasable because the infection caused damage to her middle ear, leaving her unable to dive to depths necessary to hunt. Zoey joined us in 2012 and is the mother of the pup, Zara.
  • Della

    Della is a female gray seal born in 1990. She was rescued that same year by the Marine Mammal Conservancy off the coast of Delaware and was deemed non-releasable. While under human care, Della developed cataracts and is now completely blind. She has created strong bonds with her trainers and has learned to take non-verbal cues and to use a touch pole. Della joined us in 2015 and is often seen "bottling," which is a position where she is vertical and only her head and neck are above water.
  • Pickles

    Pickles is a male harbor seal and was born on April 24, 2008 at SeaWorld. Pickles joined the us in May 2016 with Copper and lives with the sea lions. He is very intelligent but also a little bit of a trouble maker. He is usually found swimming around the pool on his back and is Zara's father.
  • Medusa

    Medusa is a female gray seal who was rescued off of the coast of Long Island on March 25, 2016. She was found stranded and was then transported to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation where it was discovered she has bilateral cataracts making her completely blind and was deemed non-releasable. She came to the Aquarium on January 6, 2017. In November 2017 Medusa received cataract removal surgery, which has made her life much more comfortable but unfortunately did not restore her vision. Medusa is the youngest seal and the second grey seal to receive cataract removal surgery.
  • Zara

    Zara is the first harbor seal pup born at the Aquarium in 30 years! She was born on July 13, 2017. Her mother is Zoey and her father is Pickles. Zara is a playful pup and resides in Rescue Harbor. Zara is proving to be very intelligent just like her mom and dad.
  • Stryker

    Stryker is a male harbor seal who was rescued in April 2017 off the coast of New Jersey at 1-year-old. He was struck by a boat that severed his hind flipper and caused deep lacerations. The veterinarians were forced to amputate his hind flipper. Stryker could have been released but unfortunately, he failed his swim test and he was deemed non-releasable by the US Government. He joined our forever family in August 2017 and can be found in Rescue Harbor. He is a very active seal. He loves to play with the enrichment toys and chase Zara around!


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