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.
Otter 808 is the latest sea otter to be rescued by our Sea Otter Program. Orphaned from a shark bite, he's recovering under the watchful eye of Dr. Mike and his team. He'll hopefully be released to the wild after learning the ropes from his surrogate mom, Rosa.
In our Underwater Explorers program, kids ages eight to 13 can encounter amazing animals and discover the wonders of Monterey Bay while being safely guided by Aquarium dive staff in our Great Tide Pool. No experience is necessary, only a sense of adventure!
How does a skate settle down for the evening? Do sharks get shuteye once the Aquarium closes? Find out with a sleepover! After fun activities and a bedtime snack, snuggle in next to your favorite exhibit, then wake up to a continental breakfast.
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.