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.
We recently added juvenile pharaoh cuttlefish to our Tentacles special exhibition. These cuttlefish hunt crabs and fishes, propelling themselves through the water using the delicate fringe that runs along their bodies. You'll need to look carefully for them—they're only about two inches in size and are masters of camouflage!
We're proud to announce that TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, has named the Monterey Bay Aquarium the Best Aquarium in the World in its 2014 Travelers' Choice Awards! The awards honor top travel destinations and attractions worldwide based on reviews and opinions contributed by TripAdvisor members.
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.
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