Wednesday, January 28, 2015


WHAT:   Her pool mates have gone 0-3, so Polly gets the call this year to make the
                 harbor seals’ pick in Super Bowl XLIX.

WHEN:   11:45 a.m. Thurs., Jan. 29 at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 Water Street, Norwalk, CT

HOW:      Polly is trained to leap straight out of the water and touch a suspended yellow ball
                  with her nose. This Thursday, during the Aquarium’s first public seal feeding, Polly
                  will be given a choice of suspended pennants representing the New England Patriots
                  & Seattle Seahawks.   Two out of three will determine her choice.

                  NOTE:  both yellow balls will be measured in advance to ensure that they are not

WHO:       Vicki Sawyer, Ellen Riker and Azzara Oston, the aquarists who will be feeding the
                   seals (and helping Polly with her choice).

To date, the Aquarium’s seals are 0-3 in their picks. (Rasal the seal picked New England two years ago. Orange the seal chose the 49ers in 2013 and the Broncos in 2014.) Will an Aquarium seal finally get a pick right?  Or should you just bet on the team that Polly doesn’t  pick?

ABOUT POLLY:  Polly is 27 years old. She was born at Mystic Aquarium in 1987 and came to The Maritime Aquarium in 1994.  She weighs in at 175 pounds, just a bit less than elusive Patriots receiver/kick returner Danny Amendola.  Polly actually prefers baseball over football. Her favorite players are Mike Trout and Hall of Famer “Catfish” Hunter.

For more information about the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk visit

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