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Can’t get enough of the otter mom and pup that visited our Great Tide Pool last week? Check out this video!
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)
"Are you coming to visit me today?" Rescued Otter 649—who went on exhibit last week with companion Gidget—definitely has a curious streak. You can watch the pair relax in our “spa” right now!
Can you find the second otter in this photo? We were SO fortunate to have a mom and pup visit us in the Great Tide Pool yesterday. Did you see them?
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)
Want to watch sea otters live in the wild? SeaOtters.com just launched live streaming, every day of the year, from nearby Elkhorn Slough.
Go now: http://seaotters.com/live/
Plans for the weekend? Well, whatever they are, “good luck!” Thanks to aquarist Nikki Dinsmore for this adorable pic of an otter enrichment.