VALLEJO -- It's hard out here for a pinniped, but two sea lions and a seal just got lucky with a move to Vallejo's Six Flags Discovery Kingdom after their home at a central coast aquarium was marked for closure.
Maggie, a 32-year-old sea lion, Hera, a seven-year-old female sea lion, and Smoky, an eight-year-old female Pacific harbor seal, have found new homes at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Their original home, the Morro Bay Aquarium, is scheduled to close in September.
"We are an experienced pinniped rehabilitation facility with the ability to provide permanent homes for non-releasable animals," said Dianne Cameron, the animal care director at the Six Flags park.
Anyone who has experienced a recent move can empathize with Maggie, Hera and Smoky, who came a long way from the central coast. Luckily, they had a team of animal care specialists from the park, as well as the Marine Mammal Center, to help with the move.
"We wanted to ensure these three have a safe and secure future in a place where they can experience living in an outdoor environment for the first time in their lives," Cameron said.
After a mandatory 30-day quarantine period, the trio will move to the park's Seal Cove exhibit, where they will be able to socialize with other marine mammals, according to Cameron.