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“You talkin’ to me? I’m kinda busy here.” Sea otters spend a lot of time eating—with a purpose. They’re  a keystone species, helping keep  ecosystems in balance by eating urchins and other invertebrates that graze on kelp. Without otters, these grazing animals can destroy kelp forests and the animals that live there.

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What’s life like behind the scenes of our sea otter program? Our exhibit otters are carefully introduced to stranded pups, and teach them how to groom and eat crab without being bitten. Hopefully the pups learn well, as these skills will be critical for survival in the wild!

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Are sea otters your favorite animal? You aren’t alone! Our Otter Tour has proved so popular that we now offer it twice daily for a full hour. Get an insider’s look at how the dedicated staff of our Sea Otter Program cares for this iconic, but threatened, species. Learn more (©Michael Yang Photography)

Are sea otters your favorite animal? You aren’t alone! Our Otter Tour has proved so popular that we now offer it twice daily for a full hour. Get an insider’s look at how the dedicated staff of our Sea Otter Program cares for this iconic, but threatened, species.

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(©Michael Yang Photography)

Sure, wild sea otters are cute—but did you know they help promote recovery of seagrass beds in places like nearby Elkhorn Slough? In turn, those grasses provide an  important habitat for young fish, protect shorelines from storms, and soak up carbon dioxide. Learn more #SeaOtterWeek
(Jim Capwell/Divecentral.com) 

Sure, wild sea otters are cute—but did you know they help promote recovery of seagrass beds in places like nearby Elkhorn Slough? In turn, those grasses provide an  important habitat for young fish, protect shorelines from storms, and soak up carbon dioxide.

Learn more

#SeaOtterWeek

(Jim Capwell/Divecentral.com) 

Mom’s work is never done! Sea otters give birth to a single pup and care for the youngster 6-12 months before it heads out on its own. Mom teaches how to keep thick fur groomed, dive and catch prey. The pup has fur so thick that it floats like a cork! Watch our otters liveLearn how we’re helping save sea otters #SeaOtterWeek (Jim Capwell/Divecentral.com) 

Mom’s work is never done! Sea otters give birth to a single pup and care for the youngster 6-12 months before it heads out on its own. Mom teaches how to keep thick fur groomed, dive and catch prey. The pup has fur so thick that it floats like a cork!

Watch our otters live

Learn how we’re helping save sea otters

#SeaOtterWeek

(Jim Capwell/Divecentral.com) 

#ThrowbackThursday: Recognize a familiar face? Found stranded in 1999, this pint-sized pup was about four weeks old. At 15, Rosa is now our oldest otter—and an accomplished surrogate mom. She just reared her 12th pup, and is now back on exhibit! Can you spot her on our live cam? Look for the largest otter with silvery fur! Learn more about all our otters #SeaOtterWeek

#ThrowbackThursday: Recognize a familiar face? Found stranded in 1999, this pint-sized pup was about four weeks old. At 15, Rosa is now our oldest otter—and an accomplished surrogate mom. She just reared her 12th pup, and is now back on exhibit!

Can you spot her on our live cam? Look for the largest otter with silvery fur! 


Learn more about all our otters

 
#SeaOtterWeek

CSI: Sea Otter! There’s a huge mystery about sea otters, and we’re part of the research team that’s trying to crack the case. Their numbers are not growing as fast as they should. Working with partners, we’re learning things to help sea otters thrive.

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Did you know that otter volunteers are a pup’s best friends? Tiny rescued pups need formula eight times a day, and this means our sea otter program staff and volunteers work through the night to ensure pups get their daily caloric intake.

The “disguise” ensures that young pups don’t get attached to their human caregivers!

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Did you know the Aquarium has been helping save sea otters for 30 years? More than 600 have come through our sea otter program, and many have been raised by exhibit otters serving as surrogate moms. They are released to the wild or find homes at other aquariums, where they inspire millions of people to care about—and care for—sea otters.

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Are sea otters slowly swimming toward recovery? We hope so! A recent census counted  2,944, a small bump from the 2013 report of 2,939. We can’t think of a better way to launch  #SeaOtterWeek! Learn more about the census, and how the  Aquarium and partners are working to save sea otters—with your help. (Jim Capwell/Divecentral.com) 

Are sea otters slowly swimming toward recovery? We hope so! A recent census counted  2,944, a small bump from the 2013 report of 2,939. We can’t think of a better way to launch  #SeaOtterWeek!

Learn more about the census, and how the  Aquarium and partners are working to save sea otters—with your help.

(Jim Capwell/Divecentral.com) 

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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.

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