Guess who we spotted yesterday in the kelp beds off our back deck? We’re happy to report that mom and pup are both doing well! Watching this adorable pair is special to us because, with your support, we’ve been working to protect wild sea otters for over 30 years.
The weekend may be over but Sea Otter Awareness Week is just beginning! Join us in celebrating the mighty mustelids that keep our nearshore ecosystems healthy—and see how our work is helping them recover.
Happy birthday to you! Our sea otters Abby and Gidget both have July birthdays so naturally, cakes were needed! Our amazing aquarists whipped up these icy shrimp-topped creations and the otters took it from there.
“S” is for Selka, who’s stealing hearts as she
settles into our Sea Otter exhibit! Thanks to your support, we’ve been rescuing
and rehabilitating stranded and injured sea otters like Selka for over 30
Sea otters Abby, Gidget, Ivy, Kit and Rosa live at the Aquarium full-time because they’re not able to survive in the wild. Instead, they act as surrogate mothers to rescued otter pups like 696. They’re also some of our best ambassadors, helping guests learn more about sea otters and the ocean.
Our otters love to play with toys, lounge in ice buckets or just snooze. We feed ours four times a day, often putting the food in toys to stimulate the otters’ natural behavior of pounding and working to get food out of shells.
Our aquarists also teach the otters behaviors, like holding a target with their paws or walking onto a scale. Training keeps our otters mentally and physically stimulated—it also makes working with the otters safer for us and less stressful for them.