The sea otters at the Vancouver Aquarium were rescued when they were just babies. They were so young that they didn’t know how to eat by themselves or groom themselves yet. Dedicated staff had to bottle-feed and groom them until they learned how to do it themselves. Now they’re thriving in their Aquarium habitat.
It is critical that sea otters keep their fur clean to maintain the insulating air layer between the water and their skin. Adults spend 30 percent or more of their day grooming their fur by licking and blowing into it.
To a sea urchin, crab or clam, a sea otter is a fearsome predator. Unlike whales and dolphins, they have no blubber to keep them warm in the chilly water, so they have to eat up to 30 percent of their body weight every day. Learn more about these cutely voracious predators during this show.
Sea otters often rest in groups called “rafts”. Rafting sea otters sometimes hold paws to stay together.
Our rescue program, an Ocean wise initiative, is also one of the largest rescue facilities in the world - rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing over 150 marine mammals each year.
Sea Otters inhabit kelp forests, bays and coastal waters near islands,
reefs, and fjords in the North Pacific Ocean.