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The New York Aquarium is proud to announce the debut of new male harbor seal pup, born May 27th. He is just the second member of his species to be born at the Coney Island facility during the past 15 years. The Aquarium currently has three harbor seals which living in its Sea Cliffs exhibit together with walruses, sea lions, sea otters and penguins.

“He has already made an impression on visitors and staff,” exclaimed Jon Forrest Dohlin, WCS Vice President and Director of the New York Aquarium. “He is a delightful addition to the aquarium and a treat to everyone who comes through the facility while we work to recover from Hurricane Sandy and toward the opening of Ocean Wonders: Sharks!”

Although the pup weighed in at 22 pounds at birth, he is growing fast, gaining about ½-1 pound a day, and is expected to eventually tip the scales at a hefty 250 pounds when fully mature.

Although there are plenty of harbor seals off the coast of New York City and Long Island, they are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. . The New York Aquarium (part of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s network of zoological parks in the City, including the Bronx Zoo, Queens and Prospect Zoos) strives to protect them and as well as all local marine life through conservation and research programs.

The New York Aquarium, which is located at Surf Ave. at W. 8th St. is open every day of the year. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fall/winter/spring hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Tickets are $11.95 per person (ages 3 & up), and include Aquarium admission plus one admission to the new 4-D Theater; children age 2 and under are admitted free. For directions, information on public events and programs, and other aquarium information, call 718-265-FISH or visit our web site at http://www.nyaquarium.com .

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