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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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#seaotterweek

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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#SeaOtterWeek

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. Watch nowLearn more about our sea otter program (Photo: Sea Studios Foundation)

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.

Watch now

Learn more about our sea otter program 

(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!Learn more about all our conservation efforts
Tonight on PBS Nature: the Aquarium attempts its 501st sea otter rescue.Check local listingsLearn more about our sea otter program

Tonight on PBS Nature: the Aquarium attempts its 501st sea otter rescue.

Check local listings

Learn more about our sea otter program


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)

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!Watch the madness liveLearn how we’re helping save sea otters

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!

Watch the madness live

Learn how we’re helping save sea otters

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 Zoowhere 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


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