Whilst many of our SEA LIFE attractions may have been temporarily closed to the public in recent weeks, this hasn’t stopped a flurry of very new arrivals!
During lockdown there have been a number of adorable baby animals born and the welfare teams across the various SEA LIFE sites have decided to call this group the ‘Rainbow Animals’.
Across the world during lockdown rainbows have come to symbolise hope and have been draw by children to cheer passers-by and celebrate key workers. Whilst the welfare teams have been working hard behind-the-scenes in different closed attractions, they have had their spirits lifted by the hopeful sight of the new babies being born, which is why our 2020 ‘Rainbow Animals’ are so special.
At SEA LIFE Aquarium Charlotte-Concord and in SEA LIFE Minnesota there have been baby cownose ray pups born, alongside several giant guitar shark pups and even some black-and-green dart frogs which are usually found in the humid lowlands of south-eastern Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
In SEA LIFE Michigan, their baby Blanding’s turtles are continuing to grow as part of a ‘headstart’ program where will eventually be released into their natural habitats. The aquarium’s cuttlefish have been laying eggs that have started to hatch as perfect replicas of their parents (every cuttlefish egg laid is a replica of their mother!) and they have just seen their first pyjama squid eggs begin to hatch.
Whilst at SEA LIFE Kansas City, the team was delighted at the arrival of a group of baby weedy sea dragons as the wild population is rapidly declining and there is hope that the SEA LIFE teams can support conservation efforts and research projects to prevent the disappearance of the species. As with seahorses, it is the male weedy sea dragon who gives birth to the babies and they are usually found off the coast of Australia.
“Our welfare teams around the world have been doing a wonderful job in this lockdown period, not only continuing their everyday duties (with much smaller and rotational teams) but they have also been tending to those animals who are pregnant and the babies who have been born. Seeing all these new lives coming in the world has cheered the teams up whilst seeing the pictures and videos of these special ‘Rainbow’ baby animals has given many of those having to work from home a real sense of pride.”James Burleigh, SEA LIFE’s Global Ambassador
Breeding is an important part of the work the expert SEA LIFE teams as it can have a huge, positive impact on the conservation of a huge variety of amazing species.