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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.
 

  • Kiah

    Kiah is the Aquarium's oldest California sea lion at 8 years old. She 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 on May 15, 2015. Mia is our smallest adult sea lion and can often be seen just floating around in the pool. She has very small features and can be very vocal, especially if Copper is around.
  • Isabel

    Isabel 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 still a pup and growing but right now she weighs about 70 pounds. Isabel is the darkest of our sea lions, and the smallest. She is very 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 this spring with Pickles .Copper is our largest sea lion and is long and lanky. She has wide-set eyes, and broad features as well as light brown accents around her mouth, eyes and ears. She looks a lot like a dog! Copper is very smart and learns very quickly.
  • 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 and weighs about 170 pounds. 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; these happened when she came too close to another seal's pup, and the mother acted 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 came to Niagara Falls on April 3, 2012 and weighs 140 pounds. Distinguishing characteristics include a very dark coat and dark brown eyes.
  • Della

    Della is a female gray seal born in 1990. On September 4, 1990, Della was rescued by the Marine Mammal Conservancy off the coast of Delaware, deemed non-releasable and sent to the Knoxville Zoo. In 1998 Della was transferred to the Lincoln Park Zoo where she developed cataracts and lost her sight. While there, she developed strong bonds with her trainers and learned to take auditory directional commands. On May 1, 2013 she was transferred to the Brookfield Zoo where she was a staff favorite. Della arrived at the Aquarium of Niagara on December 21, 2015 and weighs 310 pounds.
  • Pickles

    Pickles was born at SeaWorld of Orlando in 2008 and was transferred to SeaWorld San Antonio. He came to the aquarium this past spring with Copper and lives in Rescue Harbor. Pickles is the largest harbor seal we have and our only male. We like to joke that Zoey is Pickles' girlfriend.

 

You can have the chance to meet the seals during a Seal Encounter!

 

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