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Two harbor seals are released into the Aquarium's Great Tide Pool during the year.
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May 1987A pair of orphaned 8-week-old harbor seals are found beached along the southern coast and are transported from the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center to a holding tank at the Aquarium. The young males, Archy and Cheeky, eat about 6-8 pounds of fish each day to work up a good layer of blubber. The pups are brought to the Aquarium so we can get them eating live fish before releasing them to the wild.
In Good CompanyWhen they are ready for life in the wild, Archy and Cheeky are released into the Aquarium's Great Tide Pool. Max, a seal released from the Aquarium in October 1985, has returned to the Great Tide Pool on several occasions for a free lunch. Aquarium workers are pleased to see that Max brought along a companiona femaleduring his last visit.