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.
Hold on to your hearts, sea otter fans; Selka, our new resident sea otter has arrived! Clever, with an easy-going and inquisitive nature, Selka is our youngest otter and also has the darkest fur of any of the otters on exhibit. She may go on and off exhibit as she settles into her new home.
Spend summer evenings on the bay during our extended hours until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, July 2 through September 4. See the Aquarium in a whole new light as you visit your favorite exhibits after the crowds, listen to live music and enjoy wine and sustainable bites throughout the evening.
Pacific bluefin tuna are some of the largest and fastest fish in the ocean. They can grow to 10 feet long and weigh up to 1,200 pounds! The tuna in our Open Sea exhibit aren't quite that big, but they still give visitors a sense of how majestic these ocean giants are.
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.