Arctic Shores at the Edmonton Valley Zoo is home to four playful and entertaining harbour seals.
The female quartet ranges from 11 to 18 years of age. Hula, Wasabi, Millie, and Sushi spend their days darting around their indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, and resting poolside to watch the crowds. Along with sea lions and walruses, these furry mammals are known as pinnipeds, meaning flipper-footed. Long, flat flippers, each with five webbed digits, propel them with speed and agility through the water. Thick layers of subcutaneous fat provides energy and insulation in the cold water. Unlike a sea lion, seals don’t have ear flaps.