The New England Aquarium is introducing a new addition to its popular seal pool: Kit, a 6-week-old Northern fur seal.
The aquarium announced Wednesday that Kit will be on exhibit for parts of each day. But aquarium officials said that because Kit is still young and can get swept into shenanigans with the adolescent female sea lions at the pool, her time in public will be limited.
“She has been introduced to them and gets on well with them,” aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse said. “But they can all be a little rambunctious, and she’s little, so we don’t have her out there all day.”
Kit, who weighed 8 pounds at birth and now weighs 18 pounds, has spent the past few weeks nursing with her mother, Ursula, in a private pool.
Marine mammal trainers made sure Kit could jump out of a pool before they brought her into a public exhibit.
When Kit is in the public exhibit, she will be joined by Ursula, as well as her father, Isaac; older brother, Flaherty; and his playmate, Lou. Both Flaherty and Lou are under 2 years old, LaCasse said.
Northern fur seals, which are native to the North Pacific, have experienced a population decline in recent years, said the aquarium.Jasper Craven can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Jasper_Craven.