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The first graduate of the Aquarium's sea otter rehabilitation program.
Take-out dinner: aquarists feed the injured otter recuperating in a floating pen offshore from the Aquarium.
First Rehabilitated Sea Otter Released
August 1985An injured juvenile wild sea otter is rehabilitated by the Aquarium staff and successfully returned to the wild for the first time, a milestone in the development of what will become the Sea Otter Research and Conservation (SORAC) program.
Happy ReturnsAfter two weeks in the Aquarium's otter nursery, the 13-1/2 lb. adolescent juvenile male moves into an offshore floating pen, where staff aquarists row out twice a day to feed him. Minimal human contact keeps him from imprinting on people, and one month later he is released near Monterey Wharf #2, where he was first discovered.