We Find a New Home for Otter Pup 719
A sea otter pup we rescued on a stormy winter day is now settled in at her new home at Shedd Aquarium, thanks to a longtime collaboration with our famed Chicago colleague. Ellie, formerly known to us as pup 719—since she’s the 719th otter we’ve taken in since 1984—thrived under round-the-clock care from our sea otter program staff after we rescued her in January.
Ours is the only program in the world that rescues and cares for stranded southern sea otter pups. We raise pups for release back into the wild, and try to place non-releasable pups in long-term homes at accredited U.S. aquariums and zoos.
Prepping a pup for release to the wild is an intensive, long-term project that enlists our adult female exhibit sea otters as surrogate mothers. When pup 719 stranded, all available surrogates were already paired with other rescued pups. Luckily, our friends at Shedd Aquarium had room in their sea otter exhibit.
More What's New
Listening to Monterey Bay
Listening to Monterey Bay Scientists and engineers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have installed an ultra-sensitive sea floor hydrophone about 3,000 feet below the surface of Monterey Bay. The hydrophone can pick up sounds too low or too high for humans to hear from the deep rumbles of blue whales to the high pitched squeaks and clicks of common dolphins.
"We're trying to characterize the soundscape of Monterey Bay," says John Ryan, the biological oceanographer in charge of the hydrophone project. "This includes biological sounds, such as vocalizations of marine mammals, the sounds of physical processes such as wind and rain, and the sounds of human activities."
Learn more about our shark research in our Future of the Ocean blog.
“Party” with Cooking for Solutions!
Saturday, October 1
Ages 21 and up
$100 Aquarium members/$125 general public
- Savor ocean-friendly food and drink by more than 50 restaurants, wineries and breweries (7–9 p.m.)
- Explore the Aquarium's award-winning exhibits
- Dance the night away in the Marine Mammal Gallery
- Cash bar (9–11:30 p.m.)
Cooking for Solutions fans—the wait is over! The Party returns Saturday, October 1 with extended hours so you can dance the night away in the Marine Mammal Gallery. You can savor ocean friendly food and drink by more than 50 restaurants, wineries and breweries. We're also planning cooking demos, fun photo ops around the Aquarium and more.
Table of Contents
- Director's Note
- Conservation and Science: Dive into Baja California's Conservation Stories in ¡Viva Baja!
- Summer at the Aquarium
- What's New: We Find a New Home for Otter Pup 719, Listening to Monterey Bay and Cooking for Solutions
- Business Partnerships and Matching Gifts