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.
Unlike other marine mammals, a sea otter doesn't have a layer of blubber to keep it warm in the water. Instead, a sea otter has fur—a lot of it! Learn more about the sea otter's luxurious coat in the latest installment of our Sea Otter 101 YouTube series.
This interactive online journey traces the tale of the species from near extinction in the late 1800s to the conservation efforts that have led to present population levels. Still, sea otters only occupy a small portion of their former range. How far can otters go?
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.