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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!


  • Kiah

    Kiah is the Aquarium's oldest 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 on May 15, 2015. Mia can often be seen just floating around in the pool 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 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 in May 2016 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. 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. 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 came to Niagara Falls on April 3, 2012. Distinguishing characteristics include a very dark coat and dark brown eyes.
  • Della

    Della is a female grey seal born in 1990. On September 4, 1990, Della was rescued by the Marine Mammal Conservancy off the coast of Delaware and was deemed non-releasable. Della lived at the Brookfield 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. Della arrived at the Aquarium of Niagara on December 21, 2015 and is a guest favorite.
  • Pickles

    Pickles, a harbor seal, was born at SeaWorld of Orlando in 2008 and was transferred to SeaWorld San Antonio. He came to the aquarium in May 2016 with Copper and lives in Rescue Harbor. Pickles is our only male marine mammal. He is a little bit of a troublemaker and we like to joke that Zoey is Pickles' girlfriend.
  • Medusa

    Medusa is a female grey seal born in 2016. She 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. When you stop by Rescue Harbor, you will probably see Medusa playing under the waterfall.


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