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The Aquarium of the Pacific recently welcomed Cain, a high-spirited California sea lion.
Cain was welcomed on February 8 where he was gradually introduced to his new family-Parker, Harpo, Ellie and other sea lion residents. The public was able to attend this special event.
The four-year-old sea lion weighs 250 pounds, and he prefers to indulge in squid, unlike his new family who prefers herring and capelin.
California sea lions can also be found outside of California in places such as Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Baja California and Mexico. California sea lions, in particular, tend to favor tropical or subtropical climates as they love to lounge on rocks, piers, boats, buoys and other structures.
The population of sea lions has increased on the West Coast thanks to the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. Among many other things, this act protects wild sea lions from being hunted.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is dedicated to conservation and education while being home to more than 11,000 animals.
Learn more about Aquarium of the Pacific and Cain here!