A home for rescued sea lions
Three of Shedd's sea lions are rescues, but each came to the aquarium in a different way. Cruz was a pup when he was found blinded in both eyes on the California coast, while Laguna was found stranded and starving on California beaches—not once, but twice! Biff was tagged as a "nuisance animal" for repeatedly preying on endangered Chinook salmon on the Columbia River. Culling can be the next step, but government wildlife agencies and the marine mammal community collaborated to find him a home at Shedd.
“The trust Cruz, our rescued blind sea lion, has with us is truly remarkable. If you were to come to Shedd and see him zipping through the water and running around his habitat, you’d never know he had any visual impairment.”Duke Stacey, animal care specialist
Rescued sea lion Cruz is blind, but that doesn’t keep him from training like the other animals! Our experts have built a program based on sound, touch and, most important, trust.
Meet the sea lions
On an Abbott Oceanarium visit, you might see California sea lions Laguna, Tanner and Cruz zooming around Grainger Sea Lion Cove or piled up for a nap. Other times Biff, who rounds out our quartet of rescued sea lions, has the pool. Even when you can’t see them, you can hear these aquatic predators throughout the Pacific Northwest exhibit when they start vocalizing—and living up to their common name.