In July, Seidelman, who also volunteers for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, visited Seaside Aquarium in Seaside, Oregon, which claims to be the oldest private aquarium on the West Coast, after hearing reports of their resident seals living in poor conditions. What she discovered there was worse than she initially imagined.
“When I came into the aquarium, the first thing I observed is that it is exceedingly loud,” she said. “It is a very small space, and it is not insulated, and the sound is incredibly loud. And immediately, I was offered to purchase fish to feed the harbor seals for $2 a plate.”