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Posted 13 March 2016 - 08:22 PM

A wild otter gave birth in the Monterey Bay Aquarium's tidepool during opening hours last weekend. They've posted videos of the live birth as well as the mom and pup https://www.facebook...aquarium/videos This is the third wild otter that has come into the aquarium's tidepool which is open to Monterey Bay to give birth. The last one was this past December which was also stormy like last weekend. I went to the aquarium to try and catch a glimpse on Tuesday but alas she and her pup had already left though I did spot a mom with a very young pup just offshore that may have been the same pair. While I was at the aquarium I took their otter tour for the first time which allows you to go behind the scenes and view the SORAC facilities. There are currently 5 adult female otters at the aquarium with a rotation of 3 on display so only 2 can act as surrogates at a time. We were shown all of the current orphans including 696 who is ready to be released soon on a video monitor as they limit their human contact.


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Posted 13 March 2016 - 09:10 PM

~ @Patty

 

Thank you for telling us about the otter birth at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

 

A question, if you don't mind.

 

Does the behind-the-scenes otter tour require reservations? Is there an additional fee?

 

Of the animal visitor centers I've seen in the United States, the Monterey Bay Aquarium ranks up at the top.

 

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 12:23 AM

@Tom Kellie, yes the hour long tour is an additional $15 and requires reservations. Half of that time is spent viewing the otters on display and looking for wild otters from the aquarium deck. The rest is spent behind the scenes. They take 8 people per tour and we were lucky to book the last two spots on the afternoon tour when we arrived at the aquarium at 10:00am. It was a relatively quiet Tuesday so I'd advise reserving farther in advance. You're allowed to take photos and I took ones of the orphans and their surrogates in their tanks on the video monitor but was asked not to share them publicly.


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Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:51 AM

~ @Patty

 

This sounds like a great activity, providing a deeper layer to the overall experience of visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

 

Thank you so much for providing these details, which might encourage Safaritalk members and visitors to reserve a place in the otter tour, if they ever pass through Central California.

 

That female otters will serve as surrogate mothers is yet another example of the flexibility that animals often bring to raising orphaned infants.

 

Such an educational activity is like a safari, providing first-hand face-to-face experience with aspects of the natural world. That's truly cool!

 

With Appreciation,

 

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 08:50 AM

A Sea Otter amongst the sea-ice,  Valdez, Alaska

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 10:50 PM

These guys created a mini "otter jam" at Point Lobos today.

 

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The March 31st edition of the Monterey County Weekly has an interesting cover article on the otters that inhabit Elkhorn Slough http://www.montereyc...y.com/eedition/


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:35 PM

Very nice @Patty - thanks for sharing.   When I lived in CA I used to love visiting Point Lobos and adjacent Garrapata State Park.  


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 10:50 PM

Thanks @offshorebirder. I try to go to Point Lobos weekly and love hiking in Sobranes Canyon.


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Posted 26 July 2016 - 11:27 PM

When I lived in CA I used to love visiting Point Lobos and adjacent Garrapata State Park.  

 

 

I try to go to Point Lobos weekly and love hiking in Sobranes Canyon.

 

Sadly both are currently closed and Sobranes Canyon is on fire right now :(


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Posted 26 July 2016 - 11:39 PM

Today's otters at Moss Landing. The otters that inhabit the slough don't go into the open ocean. This is also the only area where hauling out on the beach has been observed.

 

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A mom and juvenile

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Mom and younger pup

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When mom went looking for mussels, the curious juvenile came by to check out the pup

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Mom didn't like that

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The juvenile was undeterred and returned to the pup several times each time with the mom chasing it away but not terribly aggressively. Later all 4 otters were hanging out together.

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 12:31 AM

@Patty, great to see on the beach, I'd never thought of them doing that.
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Posted 27 July 2016 - 03:00 AM

@Patty, great to see on the beach, I'd never thought of them doing that.

 

I had no idea until I went to Moss Landing for the first time. I initially thought there was an injured otter until I read the sign :)


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Posted 27 July 2016 - 12:12 PM

 

When I lived in CA I used to love visiting Point Lobos and adjacent Garrapata State Park.  

 

 

I try to go to Point Lobos weekly and love hiking in Sobranes Canyon.

 

Sadly both are currently closed and Sobranes Canyon is on fire right now :(

 

 

I saw in the news that there was a wildfire at Garrapata State Park - so sorry to hear that!    Especially since the rains are so far away...


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Posted 03 October 2016 - 07:09 PM

Yesterday I had a wonderful day in the field at Santee National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina.  One of the highlights was an encounter with a River Otter (Lontra canadensis).

 

At first it was snoozing on a grassy dike between a freshwater marsh and a lily pad-covered pond.  It was partially facing away from me, and the wind was in my favor, so I was able to sneak a little closer after spotting it. 

 

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Then it woke up and sat up a bit, scanning the area drowsily.

 

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Then, perhaps hearing the shutter of my camera clicking, it glanced in my direction. 

 

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Unconcerned by my low-key presence, he began marking his territory (I presume it was a male)

 

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After using his scent glad to mark the dike, he scuffed his back feet and ambled over and down into the water.    I felt privileged to be semi-accepted by the otter - or at least not viewed as a threat.

 

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