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.
These ready-for-bedtime squid have never been displayed in the United States before! Our aquarists figured out how to rear these animals from eggs to hatchlings and finally to adults able to lay viable eggs. You can see them in our Tentacles special exhibition!
Sea otters play a critical role in the health of coastal ecosystems, yet their species is threatened. To aid in sea otter recovery, we're collaborating with other organizations on an exciting new technology that can help: a first-ever sequencing of the sea otter genome.
We're working hard every day to protect the ocean and the animals that call it home. Join us by supporting our Conservation & Science programs.
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.