HOUSTON – It’s graduation day for TJ, the Houston Zoo’s baby sea lion.
For the past few weeks, TJ has been behind the scenes taking swim lessons from her mother, Kamia. At birth, sea lions don’t know how to swim, and must be taught gradually by their mothers.
Thursday marks the completion of TJ’s swim lessons as well as her public debut. Zoo guests are encouraged to stop by the sea lion pool for a glimpse of baby and mom gliding through the water together.
Over the next few weeks, TJ will be introduced to the other three California sea lions, Rocky, Cali, and Jonah. TJ is the first sea lion pup to be born at the Houston Zoo since 1994, and is the first for Kamia and father, Jonah.
As ambassadors for the sustainable seafood Take Action initiative, the zoo's sea lions help guests understand that the choices they make can save animals in the wild. The zoo's sea lions consume 23,850 pounds of responsibly-caught, sustainable fish each year.
By choosing sustainable seafood options, we can all help protect our oceans' health.