Special Aquarium Birth

The Aquarium of the Pacific has a bouncing new baby seal.

By Alysia Gray Painter
|  Friday, Apr 27, 2012  |  Updated 1:09 PM PDT
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Special Aquarium Birth

Aquarium of the Pacific

Shelby and her new pup are pictured at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Thursday, April 26.

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Baby seals, we can safely and happily say, are arriving all the time out on various shores and crags and rocks and in the waves.

But a baby seal arriving at an aquarium does tend to catch the headlines, especially when the birth has a rather interesting back story. As this one does: Shelby, a 16-year-old harbor seal living at the Aquarium of the Pacific , gave birth to her first pup, a female, on Thursday, April 26.

If you don't know your sealogy consider this interesting fact, released by the Long Beach-based aquarium: "Most seals give birth to young starting at four to five years of age."

The pup, which doesn't yet have a name, weighed a bouncing 20 pounds, give or take.

Longtime aquarium fans will likely know Shelby, since she arrived at the aquarium just prior to the institution's June 1998 debut; the pup's dad, Troy, has been in Long Beach for a half decade.

Yeah, we'll say it: Awww.

In a related aquarium tidbit, the institution has released a behind-the-scenes look at what staffers were up to while they were shuttered over Grand Prix weekend. Looks like a lot of scrubbing up went down.

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