Norwalk harbor seal predicts winner of Super Bowl 50

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Orange, a harbor seal at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, holds her nose against a Carolina Panthers helmet, indicating her pick for Super Bowl 50. If it’s any consolation to Denver fans, the Aquarium’s seals so far are 0 for 4 in predicting the winner of the NFL championship game.

Orange, a harbor seal at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, holds her nose against a Carolina Panthers helmet, indicating her pick for Super Bowl 50. If it’s any consolation to Denver fans, the Aquarium’s seals so far are 0 for 4 in predicting the winner of the NFL championship game.

NORWALK — With a name like Orange, you might think the harbor seal at Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium would be a Denver Broncos fan. But, Thursday she made her pick for Super Bowl 50 and it’s the Carolina Panthers.

The 33-year-old seal knows how to hold her nose against the hand of her trainers, and also against a “target pole,” the exhibit window and other objects. Thursday, the aquarium lined her exhibit with Carolina Panthers’ and Denver Broncos’ helmets.  When instructed to go to the exhibit window, Orange swam to – and held her nose against – a Panthers’ helmet, indicating her pick.

But, Orange might be sending a message to Denver fans — the aquarium’s seals are 0 for 4 in previous attempts to pick the Super Bowl winner.

“However, it must be noted that Polly picked Seattle last year, and she would have been right if not for the Seahawks’ boneheaded decision to throw a pass at the goal line as time was expiring,” noted Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. Clearly, someone is not a Patriots fan.

Orange is one of seven harbor seals at The Maritime Aquarium.  Their public feedings are offered at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 & 3:45 p.m. daily.

Last year, Orange and her fortunetelling were featured in a Samsung commercial.

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