Training and feeding the seals is one of Polaria's most popular attractions. The training is important to stimulate and develop the animals, and to reinforce positive behaviour. The animals are very playful and in our underwater tunnel you can study their graceful movements through the water.
Here on polaria you will find two different seal species. The seals Bella and Mai San belong to a purely Arctic species, and came to us from Svalbard in 2003. They are joined by the harbor seals Loffen and Lyra, who were born in the Lofoten Range in 2010.
At Polaria we train our seals during feeding sessions. Having an active life is important for our marine mammals. Therefore, we spend a lot of time training and playing with our seals. Our main intention with the training is to stimulate the animals both mentally and physically, as well as to practice the seals in performing veterinary exercises that enable examinations on whether the animals are healthy and in good shape.
When training the animals we use a method called training with positive reinforcement. This means that we reward the seals with fish and praise when they perform the behaviors correctly and ignore them for a few seconds if they make mistakes.