The training and feeding of our four seals is one of Polarias most popular attractions. Training is important to stimulate and develope the animals, and to enhance positive behavior. The animals are very playful and in our underwater tunnel you can study their graceful movements through the water.
The four seals that live at Polaria are two different species. The bearded seals Bella and Mai San belong to a pure Arctic species and came to us from Svalbard in 2003. They are joined by the harbour seals Loffen and Lyra, who were born in Lofoten aquarium in Kabelvåg 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.