NORWALK, Conn. -- For Orange, the harbor seal at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, it may have come down to color when she made her pick to win Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday.
The 31-year-old seal is trained to retrieve items placed into the exhibit by her trainers. On Thursday, she was given the choice of a football with an orange lei and Broncos pennant attached to it or a football connected to a green lei and Seattle Seahawks pennant attached to it.
Orange went straight for the orange-and-blue items for the Broncos.
To prevent any confusion, Orange’s choice was decided by two out of three retrievals. She decisively went for the Broncos’ ball twice.
But an aquarium official disputed the notion that it was due to the color.
“There’s no truth to the suggestion that she picked the Broncos’ ball because it has an orange lei and her name is Orange,” said aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “She’s just a huge Peyton Manning fan.”
But don't place any bets: The Maritime Aquarium’s seals are 0-for-2 in previous attempts to pick the Super Bowl winner.
“Based on their record, this may mean you should bet on the Seahawks,” Sigworth said.
Orange is one of seven harbor seals at The Maritime Aquarium. Their public feedings are at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. daily. For more details about aquarium exhibits, programs and IMAX movies, visit the Maritime Aquarium website.