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Photos: Seals at the New England Aquarium checked up after cataract surgery, not a fan of eye drops

Posted by Andrew Tran  February 8, 2014 08:53 PM

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Two New England Aquarium Harbor Seals seemed to be recovering well from cataract surgery on Friday, February 7, 2014.

Harbor seals in aquarium settings often live far beyond their natural life expediencies in the wild, but like aging people, they can suffer from similar chronic medical conditions like cataracts.

Reggae and Chacoda (also known as Chuck) are two adult male harbor seals whose vision has deteriorated in recent years as the milky cloudiness in their lenses. Both 200 pounders remain very active and know dozens of behaviors, but they've become more dependent on hearing the verbal commands of their marine mammal trainers rather than seeing their hand signals.

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Chacoda, like everyone else, doesn't seem to be a fan of eye drops.

(David L Ryan/Globe Staff)

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>Reggae gets his tongue looked over by marine mammal trainer Patty Schilling.

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Reggae getting his mouth checked.

(David L Ryan/Globe Staff)

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Marine mammal trainer Paul Bradley tries to get Chacoda to cooperate with an eye dropper.

(David L Ryan/Globe Staff)

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