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Have you seen the amazing wildlife on the bay this season? We’re here to help! We recently upgraded our otter spotter station. A ”scoreboard” keeps track of all the species seen that day—from sea otters to harbor seals, sea lions, whales and dolphins. Using our high-powered binoculars, it’s not unusual to spot over a dozen species of seabirds in a day! Expert interpreters are there to answer questions and add stories about the animals. It’s all about taking advantage of the Aquarium’s greatest asset—Monterey Bay itself!
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Have you seen it? The full version of the award-winning PBS Nature film “Saving Otter 501” is back online! You’ll be spellbound by the story of the Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphaned sea otter.
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(Photo: Sea Studios Foundation)
Did you enjoy “Saving Otter 501” on PBS Nature last night? You can help our efforts to save the threatened southern sea otter and other ocean animals!
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Remember hearing about Juno, the rescued pup that was reared behind the scenes by our exhibit otter, Ivy? Looks like she’s thriving at her new home at the Oregon Zoo!
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(Shervin Hess/Oregon Zoo)
New! Our Sea Otter Tour gives you an insider’s look at how we care for exhibit animals and help save this threatened species in the wild.
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The High Cost of a Mother’s Love
How much energy does it take a mother sea otter to care for her pup? Quite a lot, it turns out. So much, that the effort of being a mom can put her own life at risk.
That’s the conclusion of a long-term research study just published by scientists from the University of California, Santa Cruz; and the Aquarium. It’s based on extensive observations of tagged sea otters in the wild, and others we rescued and raised through our Sea Otter Research and Conservation program.
It’s another vital piece of information about the lives of sea otters—data that’s critical to the recovery of California’s threatened sea otter population.
Remember Kit? She’s back on exhibit, after doing surrogate mom duties behind the scenes for a rescued pup. The hotel is pretty full right now, with four otters: Kit, Ivy, Gidget and Abby!
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Feeling a little sheepish after a nice holiday weekend? Our advice: just dive right in!
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Hello from Oregon!
Remember otter 649, the rescued male sea otter pup that was on exhibit for several months with companion otter, Gidget? We’re happy to announce he has a new name and a new home the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The orphaned pup was transported via private plane from Monterey to his new home in Newport, Oregon.
He was the 649th stranded otter to be brought into our sea otter program since 1984 and was only the sixth pup ever to go on exhibit.
Oswald had a furry companion on the plane, Juno— a female sea otter who stranded two months after Oswald and was also rescued and rehabilitated by our sea otter staff. Unlike 649 who was reared on exhibit, Juno was raised behind the scenes with surrogate mother Ivy. Our veterinarian, Dr. Mike Murray, and a mammalogist, escorted the two otters on the flight north. Juno’s found a new home at the Oregon Zoo, where animal caregivers look forward to introducing the youngster to their two resident adult sea otters. Both Oswald and Juno will make their public debuts this summer.
We partner with Association of Zoos and Aquariums facilities across the country, like Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon Zoo, to find good homes for sea otters that can’t be released back to the wild.
Rearing animals like Oswald and Juno for lives at other homes when they aren’t candidates for release to the wild is helping the overall California sea otter population. Today, 36 rescued pups reared by surrogates in Monterey inspire millions of visitors at a dozen top aquariums and zoos in North America. Our resident sea otters and their predecessors have also raised dozens of pups that are back in the wild and having babies of their own.
Curious which otters are in the Sea Otter Exhibit now? Find out on our live web cam.