Harbor Seals

Best Time to Visit: Any time of the day. Several harbor seal keeper chats take place at the exhibit throughout the day as well.
Diet: At the Zoo, the seals are given herring and capelin, with the occasional squid added to the mix. In the wild, seals will eat mostly fish [rockfish, herring, cod, mackerel, flounder, salmon], but will also eat mollusks and crustaceans.
Average Lifespan: In the wild, 20-30 years. In captivity, they usually live longer, as there is excellent healthcare and no predation.
Favorite Enrichment: Boomer balls with fish hidden inside – the seals have to work to get the fish out of the small holes. Our seals also enjoy “fishsicles,” which are large blocks of ice with fish frozen inside. The seals love to push the blocks of ice around in the water as they try to melt them and get the fish out!



Harbor seals are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan.


Video by Michael Silvia.