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Friday, February 1, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII: A sealed deal

NORWALK — Orange, the harbor seal at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, has made her Super Bowl XLVII pick and it is the San Francisco 49ers, according to a release.

The 30-year-old seal is trained to retrieve items placed into the exhibit by her handlers, the release said.

On Friday, Orange was given the choice of retrieving two footballs – one with a Ravens banner attached to it; the other with a 49ers banner, the release said..

Given two out of three tries to confirm her pick, Orange first retrieved the 49ers ball, then – to add drama – brought back the Ravens ball, he release said.. On her third and final choice, she made matters clear by selecting the San Francisco ball.
“She’s a big fan of the 49ers’ pistol-formation offense,” said Vicki Sawyer, a member of the Aquarium’s seal team, also in the release.

Orange is one of seven harbor seals at The Maritime Aquarium, the release said.. Their public feedings are at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. daily. Friday’s Super Bowl selection was actually a fun variation on a daily behavior in which Orange retrieves and “recycles” an empty water bottle, the release said..

For more details about Aquarium exhibits, programs and IMAX movies, go to www.maritimeaquarium.org  

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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