There's never a dull moment in our sea otter exhibit!
The southern sea otters in our Sea Otters exhibit love to play with toys, lounge in ice buckets or just snooze. We feed ours four times a day, often putting the food in toys to stimulate the otters' natural behavior of pounding and working to get food out of shells.
Our aquarists also teach the otters behaviors, like holding a target with their paws or walking onto a scale. Training keeps our otters mentally and physically stimulated—it also makes working with the otters safer for us and less stressful for them.
We're celebrating our sea otter Rosa's 19th birthday—and the incredible life she's had over those years. She was found stranded as a four-week-old pup, and has gone on to rear 14 pups herself—the most of any of the moms in our surrogate program!
Love our cute and clever sea otters? All that play has a purpose. Join us on our Sea Otter Conservation Tour and learn how rescued otters in our two-story exhibit also serve as the bay’s most important babysitters, helping rear stranded pups for release.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Program has been studying the threatened southern sea otter since 1984 with the aim of understanding threats to the population and promoting its recovery. We rescue, treat and release injured otters; raise and release stranded pups through our surrogate program; seek homes for sea otters that can't return to the wild; and conduct scientific research.
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.