Second harbor seal in 15 years born at New York Aquarium

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This harbor seal pup was born at a Brooklyn zoo on May 27, 2014. (Photo: Julie Larsen Maher for Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) – A bouncing baby seal now calls New York City home.

It’s the second time in 15 years that a harbor seal was born at Brooklyn’s New York Aquarium.

The still-unnamed pup was welcomed into the world on May 27 and weighed 22 pounds at birth, the aquarium announced Monday. He’s healthy and gaining about 1 pound a day. At that rate, he could reach 250 pounds by adulthood.

“He has already made an impression on visitors and staff,” said Jon Forrest Dohlin, WCS vice president and director of the New York Aquarium. “He is a delightful addition to the aquarium and a treat to everyone who comes through the facility while we work to recover from Hurricane Sandy.”

Protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, harbor seals thrive off the coast of New York City and Long Island.

Wildlife fans who want to see the aquarium’s newest addition can visit the New York Aquarium located at 602 Surf Ave. in Brooklyn. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily during the summertime.

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