We’re thrilled to introduce the newest Seattle Aquarium resident, Hogan the harbor seal! Hogan arrived on Tuesday, December 8 after moving from his previous home at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA), where he was born on June 2, 2013.
Hogan is actually returning to his roots by coming to the Seattle Aquarium—his father is our very own Q! Here’s the backstory on that: The Seattle Aquarium and PDZA, both accredited members of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), participate in the organization’s harbor seal Species Survival Plan (SSP). As part of the SSP, Q was transferred to PDZA in April 2012 on a breeding loan. While there, he sired two pups with two different females: Shila, Hogan’s mother, and Qilak, who gave birth to a pup named Saya.
At two and a half years old, Hogan is gray with light gray spots. His weight varies seasonally, but he’s still growing and currently weighs 121 pounds. Along with Q and Barney, he’ll enjoy a diet composed of a variety of fish including herring, capelin, mackerel and squid. Like his weight, his diet will fluctuate seasonally and range between six and 15 pounds of food per day. He was named after Holly Hogan Reed, a beloved veterinarian at PDZA who passed away in 2012.
Come say hello to Hogan during your next visit to the Seattle Aquarium! And read our harbor seal fact sheet for more information about these charismatic animals.