Sea Lion Training

Learn about Pirates Voyage Sea Lion and How They Are Trained for the Show. Enjoy learning about the Pirates Voyage Sea Lion with his trainer and understand what it takes to put on a show and take car of these animals.

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Sea lion walks out on stage… Trainer: Are you handsome? Yes? Gives sea lion a fish Trainer: Show them your pretty smile. Smile…Smile. Good boy! Trainer: Hi I’m Jessica and I’m (laughs) the sea lion trainer here at Pirates Voyage and along my side here is Salty. The training we do here is all is offer condition through positive reinforcement. So anytime our sea lions do something right well we reward them. (laughs) and his favorite reward is fish. Uh Salty gets a wide variety. He actually gets 20lbs of fish every single day. We feed Herring, Capeland, Sardines and Threadhare, Herring. Is that your favorite? Sea lion nods…. Salty is actually a 10 year-old South American seal lion. And they’re found by Uruguay and Argentina. And Salty here is actually 590 pounds, so he is a big boy. (yes he is…good boy) We actually also have two other sea lions here at Pirates Voyage. We have one female, a 10 year-old named Kitty and we also have her son and Salty’s son who is the first South American sea lion born in captivity here in the United States, and that’s our little Freddy. And he’s actually 2 years old. All the training we do gets rewarded by fish. So every time Salty does something right we reward him. And some behaviors, well, ugh can take a couple sessions and sometimes longer behaviors can take a bit little longer and they’ll actually take a couple years to perfect. We do an educational part in the pre-show where we bring out the younger sea lions and talk a little bit about the differences between seals and sea lions. ‘Cause quite often not people call them seals but they are actually sea lions. And then in the main show, Salty is one of the favortie acts and they actually come out twice. Salty and I would love for you to come out to Pirates Voyage and see us. Right? Do you have a lot of girlfriends? NO!? No, Salty you have one girlfriend…and that’s Katie. What about me? No?

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