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.
Explore a dozen live exhibits of octopuses and their kin, including the world's largest octopus and the world's smallest squid, in our highly anticipated special exhibition, Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes. You won't believe your eyes.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Program has been studying and trying to save the threatened southern sea otter since 1984. We rescue, treat and release injured otters; raise and release stranded pups through our surrogate program; provide care for sea otters that can't return to the wild; and conduct scientific research.
Notice a new otter on exhibit? Abby's back! She joins Gidget and pup 649, both currently in the sea otter exhibit. Abby was rescued as a newborn in July 2007 by the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Rescue Center. She was transferred to the Aquarium in June 2012 to join our exhibit.
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