With their dog-like faces, the harbor seals stir perhaps the most emotion and empathy from Aquarium visitors. Thus, the seals may be the most effective tool in inspiring visitors to do their part in protecting and conserving Long Island Sound.
Harbor seals are the main species of seal that visits Long Island Sound each winter. (Our Seal Spotting Cruises offer the chance to see them.)
These federally protected animals spend the summer in the Gulf of Maine at their pupping and breeding grounds. But in the winter, they prefer a little space, so a large number of them migrate down into the Sound.
The Maritime Aquarium displays six females. Their names are Ariel, Leila, Orange, Polly, Rasal and Tillie. Come see the seals being fed during our "Seal Training Demonstration" at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 & 3:45 p.m. daily. We don’t ask them to do tricks but we do reward them for entertaining natural behaviors.