There's never a dull moment in our sea otter exhibit!
Our otters 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.
Spend summer evenings on the bay during our extended hours until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, July 2 through September 4. See the Aquarium in a whole new light as you visit your favorite exhibits after the crowds, listen to live music and enjoy wine and sustainable bites throughout the evening.
These cephalopods can change their skin color and pattern almost instantly. They use their skin to communicate by flashing stripes and patches of color to convey threats or courtship messages. Check out these masters of disguise in Tentacles!
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.