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Splish, splash--the pinnipeds are having a blast.


When Visiting...

  • Don't miss the daily fish toss.
  • Watch animals glide past the windows of the underwater cave.
  • Spot harbor seals basking in the sun.

More fun

Learn all about how zookeepers train the seals 


Built for life in water, these marine mammals are pinnipeds, which means "fin-footed." Adaptations, like fins and blubber, make it easier for them to live in oceans.

Seals move side-to-side propelling with their hind flippers.

At the Zoo, watch harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) swim through the 350,000-gallon pool and surface to take a breath.

Our Actions Matter

Pinnipeds are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Threats include commercial hunting, coastal development and competition with humans for prey species. Harbor seals are not classified as threatened or endangered.

You can help seals :

  • Choose sustainable seafood with the help of the Seafood Watch Buyer's Guide.
  • Reduce your plastic use. Single-use plastics, like throwaway bottles and wrappers, end up littering the ocean. Recycle and replace plastics with reusable alternatives. For example, take a canvas bag to the grocery store instead of using plastic bags.

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