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.
Celebrate children and families at our annual Día del Niño event on Sunday, April 30. Enjoy live Latin music performances, crafts, special bilingual programming and more. Free with Aquarium admission!
Selka, our youngest and newest resident sea otter, is settling in very well at the Aquarium. She's already shown her smarts during training and is on track to possibly become a surrogate mother to rescued otter pups.
Take a quick break in the tropics! Our new Coral Reef Cam, coming to you live from our ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge special exhibition, lets you watch colorful fishes as they dart, dash and dilly-dally around.
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.