Seals, sea lions at the New England Aquarium enjoy tasty treats to beat the summer heat
Heat Advisories are in effect across the Northeast and New England as the August heat wave continues
BOSTON – Staffers at the New England Aquarium in Boston have been busy trying to keep their sea lions and seals cool as temperatures across New England and the Northeast continue to soar into the 90s.
And what better way to beat the heat than with some playtime in a cool pool and eating some tasty summer treats – snow cones.
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The aquarium's Atlantic harbor seals live in an open-air exhibit on Boston's Central Wharf, while their California sea lions and Northern fur seals live in the open-air New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center.
Temperatures have been unbearably hot across the region over the past several days, so staffers at the aquarium helped the animals cool off by providing them with homemade snow cones and letting them play with toys that promote enrichment.
That's not all.
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Trainers also used sprayers, hoses and sprinklers to keep the animals busy and cool during the August heat wave.
Several life support systems are in place to keep animals safe, including heat exchangers that keep the animals' water temperature between 58 and 63 degrees year-round.
The Marine Mammal Center also has an air-conditioned area behind the scenes for the animal to access if they get too hot.
August heat wave
The oppressive heat and humidity remain across the Northeast and New England, and dangerously hot temperatures will stick around through at least the middle of the week.
Heat Advisories have been posted across the region as temperatures will soar into the 90s, with heat index values above 100 degrees in many locations.
In Boston, for example, temperatures on Monday will reach into the upper 90s with a heat index value above 100 degrees.
Tuesday will be slightly cooler with a high temperature of 92 degrees expected.
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