New adoptable plush sea otters available

We are excited to introduce two new stuffed animal sea otters into our family of adoptable plush otters.   

Wild Republic hug ems sea otter
Chloe the sea otter
Wishpets floating otter - Otto
Otto the sea otter

 

Chloe is sweet & cuddly and would love to come home with you.  Chloe makes her home along the California coast & has contributed to the growing population of sea otters there as she has given birth to two sea otter pups. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otto is a bit rough & tumble as he is from the northern sea otter population along the British Columbia coast. He would make a great addition to any family as long as they have a sustainable amount of clams & crabs – Otto’s favorite foods. 

Sea otter or River otter?

Know the differences between otter species

Sea otters live in the North Pacific Ocean (North of the Tropic of Cancer).  River otters live in rivers and spend their time along the accompanying riverbanks.

There are 13 species of otter throughout the world; 12 are river otters; 1 is the sea otter. 

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Sea otter in the Pacific Ocean
North American river otter - differences post
A North American river otter

Sea otters tend to swim on their backs while river otters tend to swim on their stomachs. 

Sea otters eat foods found in the Pacific Ocean like sea urchins, crabs, sea stars, clams, mussels & shrimp.  River otters eat foods found in their river habitats such as fish, crayfish, shrimp, crabs, and even frogs.  

2019 Grant Awards – You Made It Happen

We are proud to announce our 2019 funding grant award recipients:

The Marine Mammal Center – purchase of a sea otter life-history tag
Oregon Zoo – purchase of a scientific laboratory oven for drying sea otter samples
Sealife Response, Rehabilitation & Research – purchase of equipment to rescue Washington coast stranded sea otters
• Research studies from graduate & undergraduate students:

o Draven Hawk, University of California Santa Cruz: studying mercury contamination in southern sea otters
o Richard Grewelle, Stanford University Hopkins Marine Station: development of a scientific assay testing for a new pathogen in the southern sea otter population

• Zoological Facilities: Reimbursement for one staff member from each facility to attend the Otter Keeper Workshop

  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (New Orleans, LA, USA)
  • Shedd Aquarium (Chicago, IL, USA)

Ensuring the survival of sea otters in their habitats.