Throwback Thursday to last week when a wild otter mom gave birth to her pup in our Great Tide Pool. Thousands of people got to watch the birth live online, and millions more have been touched by this conservation success story. Thanks for following along with us in this otterly adorable event!
Even teeny tiny otters need to learn how to swim on their own.This adorable wild sea otter mom and her pup spent an afternoon lounging and swimming in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Great Tide Pool in January of last year, but the video recently resurfaced on Reddit.
After snoozing overnight in our Great Tide Pool, mom and pup are back in the bay. We wouldn’t be surprised to see them again soon! In the meantime, enjoy some gifs of this most otterly adorable of events:
The wild sea otter mom and pup that captured our hearts this weekend will likely move soon from our Great Tide Pool to the kelp forest out in the bay so mom can forage for a much-needed meal! Mother otters certainly have their paws full nursing and grooming a newborn pup, as you can see in this clip. By the time a pup is two months old, it’ll have shed most of its fluffy pup coat and be doing lots of exploring and even a bit of diving. Soon it will be playing its role as a keystone species, keeping kelp-grazing sea urchins in check!