Separated Seals Keep The Spark Alive By FaceTiming Each Other

A modern love story.

Long distance relationships are never easy, but they definitely get more complicated when the couple is a pair of seals. 

Harbor seals Sija and Babyface's love story began when they first locked eyes at Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, a village in England. They lived together for more than seven years after that. 

Just like how all good love stories go, the pair found a way to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles. At 37 years old, Babyface is one of the oldest seals living in captivity. That means he should have been too old to breed because of old-age infertility, according to officials from Weymouth SEA LIFE. 

This shouldn't have mattered much anyway since Sija, the female seal, was on the seal contraceptive pill. 


Despite the odds, and because love conquers all, the pair conceived two pups together.

After Sija's second pregnancy, a decision was made to separate her from Babyface to prevent future pregnancies. 

Sija was moved to Weymouth SEA LIFE, a female-only enclosure, leaving Babyface behind. The seals seem to have adjusted fairly well to their new normal, but caretakers at both parks wanted to give them the opportunity to keep in touch. 

So, the seals were given the means to do what so many couples in long distance relationships do: connect on video chat.

The caretakers set up iPads in front of the seals so they could see each other and interact from 160 miles away.

"Sija has settled in really well with the other girls here, but we thought it would be nice for her and Babyface to keep in touch, so we've arranged a video link," Fiona Smith, Displays Curator at Weymouth SEA LIFE said in a press release. "At first the seals were both unsure about approaching the iPad, but once they saw each other they nosed up to it, which was really nice to see."

If you just can't get enough of these seals, check out the video Weymouth SEA LIFE made about them below:

(H/T: ABC News)

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