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Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Birth of Steller Sea Lion Pup

Seward, AK – June 28, 2013 – The Alaska SeaLife Center is pleased to announce the birth of a female Steller sea lion pup at 5:35AM on June 20, 2013. Thirteen-year-old mother, Eden, and the pup are doing well. The pup’s father is Woody, the Center’s iconic male sea lion, who turned 20 years old this summer.

Eden is one of two female sea lions at the Alaska SeaLife Center whose pregnancies have been closely monitored over the last several months. Scientists and veterinarians have been cautiously optimistic throughout her pregnancy, assessing Eden via routine check-ups and periodic ultrasounds which indicated normal development.

At one week old, the pup is nursing and has bonded extremely well with her mother. The pup is not currently available for public viewing, but will be within a few months. This successful birth marks the first viable birth of a Steller sea lion pup for the Alaska SeaLife Center, and the first in North American collections since the 1980s.

Eden and her pup are part of a study focused on maternal care by female Steller sea lions, as part of the Center’s research to better understand this endangered population.

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a private non-profit research institution and visitor attraction, which generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The Alaska SeaLife Center is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and

Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.alaskasealife.org.

Research described is conducted under National Marine Fisheries Service Permit No. 14334. Permit language may not be cropped from photos. Higher resolution photos available from carolet@alaskasealife.org 907-224-6334.
Video link on the Alaska SeaLife Center YouTube Channel: http://youtu.be/i5I6CdenVOg

 

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