On Saturday, the Aquarium of Niagara will celebrate "Reveal the Seal" day by revealing the chosen name for "Pup2014."
Since the harbor seal pup's arrival in early fall, he has been the subject of a public naming contest, allowing participants to be entered for a chance to become his "Aquaparent" for a year. Voters were able to choose from one of four names: Bart, Jax, Cruz or Moe via Facebook or in person.
All are welcomed to attend a special naming ceremony that will be held at 1 p.m. at the Aquarium of Niagara's outdoor Pacific Preserve exhibit. Staff and trainers will be on hand to answer questions and the pup's chosen "Aquaparent" will be presented with a certificate and picture. Visitors may participate in harbor seal games and a coloring contest.
The young harbor seal pup was introduced to the public in early October after being rescued off the coast of northern California. Born blind, he was abandoned by his mother just days after birth, and was taken in by The Marine Mammal Center of Sausalito. When the Aquarium of Niagara received the call the pup was unable to be released back into the wild, members of the aquarium's marine mammal care staff made the trip to pick him up and bring him safely to Niagara Falls.