PHOTO: Harbor seal pup at New York Aquarium

New York Aquarium harbor seal pup
A harbor seal pup at the New York Aquarium.
Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society

A harbor seal pup made his debut at the New York Aquarium.

Weighing 22 pounds, the pup was born at the Coney Island aquarium on May 27, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is only the second harbor seal to be born at the New York Aquarium in the past 15 years.

The seal is gaining about a half-pound to one pound a day and could weigh up to 250 pounds as an adult.

“He has already made an impression on visitors and staff,” New York Aquarium director Jon Forrest Dohlin said in a statement.

The coasts of New York City and Long Island are teeming with harbor seals. Pups can have spotted silver, dark brown or black spotted coats and have rounded bodies.

The New York Aquarium also has penguins, sea otters, walruses and sea lions.

If you visit the New York Aquarium

Address: Surf Avenue at West 8th Street in Coney Island, Brooklyn

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily during the summer, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily during the fall, spring and winter

Cost: $11.95 per person, children 2 and under are free

More information: Call 718-265-FISH or visit the aquarium’s website 

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