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Seals & Sea Lions

Mystic Aquarium is proud to be one of only three facilities to care for Northern fur seals in the United States.

We are the only Aquarium in the continental United States to care for Steller sea lions.

Seals have stubby front feet compared to the large front flippers of a sea lion. As a result seals rely more on shuffling and gliding on land, whereas a sea lion can support its weight on its front flippers to walk.

Found in both indoor and outdoor habitats, Mystic Aquarium is home to several different species of seals and sea lions. Pacific Northwest is home to several species of pinnipeds including harbor seals, a spotted seal, Northern fur seals and Steller sea lions. Inside our Foxwoods Marine Theater are California sea lions.

Whether is the ears or the flippers, guests will know the difference between a seal and sea lion and a whole lot more after visiting with exhibit interpreters and animal care professionals who interact with guests every day at every mammal habitat!