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Help Us Find the Person Who Shot Three Sea Otters
In early September 2013, members of our Sea Otter Research and Conservation team recovered three sea otters that had been shot to death near Asilomar Beach, in Pacific Grove. State and federal authorities are actively investigating the fatal shootings, and now they need your help finding the perpetrator.
We and other sea otter conservation groups are offering a $21,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the crime.
Southern sea otters are slowly recovering after being driven nearly to extinction by fur traders in the 19th century. Today, they’re protected under federal law by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Killing a California (or southern) sea otter is a crime punishable by federal and state fines, and possible jail time.
If you have any information about the shootings, contact Special Agent Souphanya of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 650-876-9078. Anonymous reports can also be made by calling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contact line at 703-358-1949, or the California Department of Fish and Wildlife CalTIP line at 1-888-DFG-CALTIP.
Reward contributions have been provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Sea Otter, the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, The U.C. Davis Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center and private individuals.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is providing a portion of the reward money from the California Sea Otter Fund, which is financed by voluntary contributions from state taxpayers. The fund helps support sea otter research and conservation, including the investigation of sea otter deaths and the enforcement of laws protecting sea otters. When filling out your California income tax form 540, look for line 410, labeled California Sea Otter Fund, under Contributions.
My, how the cuteness grows! Otter 649 weighed less than seven pounds when rescued in November. Since going on exhibit January 21, the plump pup has reached a portly 19 pounds.
Have you seen our auditorium presentation, “Luna: A Sea Otter’s Story”? Well, the real-life Luna, who was featured in the PBS Nature program, “Saving Otter 501,” recently had her second pup in the wild, according to our otter spotters. That’s good news for Luna, and for sea otter conservation.
(©Sea Studios Foundation)
Can you find the sea otter mom and pup in all the photos? We’re so lucky to have an area like this where animals can come in with the tides, help educate our guests about the wonders of Monterey Bay, then return to their natural home. (The pair was with us for just a day last week.)
(Monterey Bay Aquarium/Tyson Rininger)
It’s so fluffy! This young wild otter pup is still hanging out with its mom in our Great Tide Pool!
This morning a wild mother sea otter with a very young pup has been spotted in our Great Tide Pool. Check out this great video clip for your daily dose of cuteness! Thanks to staffer Alyssa Penacho for the clip.
Otter Pup on Exhibit!
Cuteness alert! A rescued male sea otter pup went on exhibit January 21, with companion otter, Gidget. The debut of the 12 1/2-week-old makes him the sixth pup ever to go on exhibit. He’s also the 649th stranded otter to be brought into our Sea Otter Research and Conservation program since 1984.
Otter 649 was stranded in November 2013 on Jalama Beach in Santa Barbara County as a three-week-old weighing less than seven pounds. He was admitted into our veterinary intensive care unit, where he was cared for until he was introduced to Gidget. Otter 649 is now robust and healthy, weighing 16 pounds!
Otter 649 will be transferred to another aquarium accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, where he’ll learn how to socialize with other exhibit animals. That’s why, for now, this otter has a number for a name—our colleagues at the sister aquarium get to do the naming!
Otter 649 is easy to recognize due to his smaller size and uniformly black, velvet-like fur. He will remain on exhibit as long as husbandry staff continues to see positive interactions with Gidget. (This is the first pup Gidget has mentored.) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has authorized the Aquarium to raise him on exhibit and declared him to be non-releasable.
We hope you get a chance to see him!
(Photo Hannah Ban-Weiss)
Thanks to you, things have been going swimmingly for the Sea Otter Tax Fund! Donations on state income tax forms in 2013 total $307,544. By exceeding the minimum of $273,025, the fund comes back for 2014, providing critical funding to help save sea otters. Check the box on your CA Tax Return—a donation of as little as $5 goes a long way!
(Jane Smith Photo)
A few more southern sea otters along Cannery Row are sporting new flipper tags thanks to researchers and veterinarians at the Aquarium and partner organizations. The tagging is part of a long-term study of sea otter health. The unique color combinations of the tags enable staff and volunteers to monitor the otters from shore. By observing individual otters over long periods, we gain insights into their lives and what might be slowing their recovery along the central California coast. Our Sea Otter Alliance partners include the U.S. Geological Survey, University of California Santa Cruz and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
What’s the most entertaining thing you’ve ever seen our sea otters do on exhibit? Ivy, our youngest otter, likes to play with her food, and her antics have earned her the nickname, “Wild Child.” We found her stranded as a pup in 2011.
©Michael Yang Photography