By CBSLA Staff

LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — How do seals and sea lions start their day? The Aquarium of the Pacific wants to give their visitors a sneak peek.

On Sunday, the Aquarium of the Pacific will launch a new behind-the-scenes experience for visitors, who will get a chance to see the seals and sea lions being fed and receive their routine body checks from staff.

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“They get to see kinda the animals at their most perky moment, how when they’re first greeting the trainers. I think that’s one of the things I love in the morning, is the animals are waiting for you, like ‘about time! I need my breakfast,’” mammologist Sarah Larsen said.

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The new exhibit will be interactive, as staff will explain how they care for the animals and their behaviors, and take audience questions. The feedings will start at 8:15 a.m. Sunday.

The behind-the experience is $40 per person and reservations are required.

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The Aquarium of the Pacific opened its outdoor exhibits last month, but the interior areas of the aquarium remain closed because of the pandemic.