Saki, who was born on May 23, and Snapper, who entered the world on June 14, are both happy and healthy female sea lions. Sarah Graff, the manager of animal training at the Miami Seaquarium, explains what they've been doing so far.
The sea lion family at the Miami Seaquarium now has two new additions to its busy pool.
Saki, who was born on May 23, and Snapper, who entered the world on June 14, are both happy and healthy female sea lions.
Sarah Graff, the manager of animal training at the seaquarium, says both pups are doing great. They are on display for most of the day in the feeder pools.
Snapper is still nursing and learning to get her fins wet.
“She's still learning how to swim with her mother,” Graff said. “We do have a pool that's able to be raised or lowered."
Graff says they will begin training the babies within the next 6 to 7 months – after they learn to eat fish. Saki and Snapper also need to get used to the trainers and their new environment.
It will be awhile before the seaquarium’s newest additions show up on stage.
“That will be a couple of years. It does take quite a few years for them to be ready to do shows,” Graff said.
Saki and Snapper are the first offspring of their father.
“We are very happy with our breeding program here. It's very successful,” Graff said. “Both of our baby girls were born here, and both of their mothers were born here."