Super Bowl XLVII: A sealed deal
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.