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Furry, feisty, paw-erful—Otter Girl! Last but not least for Sea Otter Awareness Week: meet Kit!

Five week-old Kit was found stranded in Morro Bay Harbor in January 2010. A California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist rescued her, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared her non-releasable. Kit became the youngest sea otter pup ever to go on exhibit at the Aquarium at just 11 weeks old! She quickly learned critical otter skills, like cracking open clams and eating live crabs without getting bit! In June 2012, she was transferred to SeaWorld San Diego where she continued to mature and learned how to socialize with other exhibit animals.

In January 2013, at three years old, Kit returned to the Aquarium to become a surrogate mother and mentor to other stranded pups behind the scenes. Kit is named after a character in John Steinbeck’s The Wayward Bus. Thanks for all of your paw-erful work for otters, Kit!