Otterly pawesome news for the Sea Otter Cam! This week, you’ll see four young rescued female otters with flipper tags (the tags will help our sea otter tracking team identify them in the future.) They’re practicing their diving and foraging skills before returning home!

Usually our guests can’t see the wild sea otters in our care because we don’t want the otters to get comfortable around humans. For the next couple of weeks with the Aquarium closed, these otters will be able to dive, explore under rocks and in tunnels and generally act otter-ly like themselves. They’re also practicing the skills they learned from their surrogate mothers — our resident sea otters!

Most of the young animals were rescued by our Sea Otter Program team after they stranded. They’re part of our unique sea otter surrogacy program that pairs our resident animals with orphaned pups to provide maternal care and teach the pups skills needed to survive in the wild. We also rescue injured or sick adult otters and rehabilitate them for a healthy return to the wild.

Tune in next week as well, when you’ll get to see our resident otters and super surrogate mothers Kit and Ivy with two of the pups under their capable care!

Thanks to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for granting us this special exception to our Marine Mammal Enhancement permit, # MA-032027 that governs our work with wild sea otters, so we can stream our Sea Otter Cam while these young animals are housed in the exhibit!

[The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is a Federal agency dedicated to conserving fish, wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. As a Federal Agency we cannot endorse or oppose projects; rather we provide accurate information about the resources we have been entrusted to manage. The views expressed in this production do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service nor should any products or positions be perceived as being endorsed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.]

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