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.
Adorable otters take the spotlight during Otter Days, September 20–21! This fun-filled weekend includes special programs, a family craft room, an otter game show, otter-spotting on the Great Tide Pool deck and more. Learn about efforts to save California's threatened sea otters and what you can do to help.
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.
And Kit makes four! She joins Abby, Gidget and Ivy in our lively sea otter exhibit. In 2010 Kit became the youngest sea otter pup ever to go on exhibit at the Aquarium—she was just 11 weeks old! Now a surrogate mother, Kit mentors pups behind the scenes.
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