The female harbor seal, named Bixby, was born April 26, weighing about 20 pounds. The seal’s mother, Shelby, has been at the aquarium since 1998 and Bixby is her first pup. The father, Troy, is the only male harbor seal at the aquarium, where he has lived since 2007.
When Bixby was born, she and Shelby were taken off public display. The pup was more recently introduced to solid food and was prepared for her move to the main display with the aquarium’s other seals.
Bixby now weighs about 50 pounds, according to the aquarium.
The baby seal’s name was chosen by the Long Beach City Council, which made the selection from suggestions submitted by city employees. The name is in honor of Jotham Bixby, the “father of Long Beach.”
“We are proud of the name our city has given to our first-born seal,” aquarium president/CEO Jerry Schubel said. “When people visit Bixby, we hope they become inspired to help protect our urban ocean.”