Born in captivity, Squirt came to the Aquarium of Niagara from the Detroit Zoological Park when she was 2 years old. She was one of four California sea lions that participated in educational demonstrations in the Aquarium of Niagara's main pool over the years. She also participated in encounter programs, behavioral research and news features. She was a favorite of the marine mammal staff and Aquarium of Niagara visitors.
Squirt, the "senior citizen" among the attraction's sea lions, was the dominant sea lion and a fast learner, picking up quickly on behaviors. Squirt exceeded by many years the average life span of a sea lion in the wild.
Squirt was one of two sea lions that had successful cataract surgery in September, done by a team of veterinarians and specialists. Tests prior to the surgery showed she was a good candidate for such a procedure, said Aquarium of Niagara officials.