Loki, a seal born at the Huntsman Marine Science Center in St. Andrews, North Carolina, has died at the age of 29, the aquarium announced.
In a tweet thread posted Monday, the nonprofit said Loki passed away peacefully in the presence of his caretaker, veterinarian and son Snorkel.
Wild seals have an average lifespan of 15 to 25 years, and Loki’s 29-year lifespan is remarkable.
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“Loki was so sweet and curious. I read one of Huntsman Marine’s tweets.
“Loki welcomed over 390,000 visitors to the Fundy Discovery Aquarium during his time here.”
After being born in the Huntsman Marine Corps in May 1993, Loki moved to Storybook Gardens, an amusement park in London, Ontario, returning in 2009 with his son Snorkel.
Laura Barrett, education and outreach supervisor at the Huntsman Marine Science Center, said the organization has received a lot of support from aquarium patrons following the announcement of Loki’s passing.
“People have sent us personal messages saying they were around Loki when he was a puppy and later took him to see the kids.
“There were some really great messages we received today from people who grew up with him.”
According to Barrett, Loki played the role of an “older gentleman” in his later years and was often seen resting as his 16-year-old son Snorkel was the more active of the two.
The Huntsman Marine Science Center said it will continue to mourn the upcoming loss of a beloved seal at the Fundy Discovery Aquarium.
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New Brunswick Aquarium’s beloved seal, Loki, dies
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