Otter 572 Goes to a New Home
Rescued otter pup number 572, who went on exhibit on Valentine’s Day (February 14) of this year, went behind the scenes on May 29 to prepare for his eventual transfer to the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn.
Otter 572—so named because he’s the 572nd stranded sea otter to be brought into the Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation program—was found stranded January 5 on a Cayucos beach (San Luis Obispo County) as a two-week-old pup weighing less than six pounds.
The young otter had a laceration on his shoulder, possibly the result of a great white shark bite that may have killed his mother. He was admitted to the Aquarium’s veterinary intensive care unit, then eventually introduced to surrogate mother Joy. The pair did great on exhibit, and the two have now been replaced by female otters Mae and Kit. Joy is temporarily behind the scenes. Don’t worry, she’ll be back!
Why is otter 572 going to a new home? Our exhibit otters are all female so we don’t have room to house a male. (In the wild, females and males rarely live together. Instead, they live separately in “rafts”—a group of sea otters—except when mating.) So 572 will go to the New York Aquarium, which is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We’re working closely with the New York Aquarium’s staff to ensure that the transfer is smooth and the otter is well cared for.
We wish 572 great success in his new home. Meanwhile, you can enjoy Mae and Kit on exhibit when you visit—or via our live web cam!

Otter 572 Goes to a New Home

Rescued otter pup number 572, who went on exhibit on Valentine’s Day (February 14) of this year, went behind the scenes on May 29 to prepare for his eventual transfer to the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn.

Otter 572—so named because he’s the 572nd stranded sea otter to be brought into the Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation program—was found stranded January 5 on a Cayucos beach (San Luis Obispo County) as a two-week-old pup weighing less than six pounds.

The young otter had a laceration on his shoulder, possibly the result of a great white shark bite that may have killed his mother. He was admitted to the Aquarium’s veterinary intensive care unit, then eventually introduced to surrogate mother Joy. The pair did great on exhibit, and the two have now been replaced by female otters Mae and Kit. Joy is temporarily behind the scenes. Don’t worry, she’ll be back!

Why is otter 572 going to a new home? Our exhibit otters are all female so we don’t have room to house a male. (In the wild, females and males rarely live together. Instead, they live separately in “rafts”—a group of sea otters—except when mating.) So 572 will go to the New York Aquarium, which is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We’re working closely with the New York Aquarium’s staff to ensure that the transfer is smooth and the otter is well cared for.

We wish 572 great success in his new home. Meanwhile, you can enjoy Mae and Kit on exhibit when you visit—or via our live web cam!

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day.

For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules and tickets are available on our website or by calling
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