Nuka is adapting very well to his new home at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, in Newport.
The little pup will be celebrating his first birthday in early June. Nuka, which means “Little Brother” in Aleut, was discovered on Kodiak Island after being abandoned by its mother whose fate is unknown. Nuka was hungry and underweight. Nuka was taken to the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward where he was carefully nursed back to health.
About a month and a half ago, Nuka was transferred from the Sea Life Center to the Oregon Coast Aquarium (OCA) where he was put into quarantine to ensure there were no lingering health problems. Once he was cleared, Nuka was free to join his new family of Judge, age 14, Mojoe, age 4 and Schuster 2. We’re told that Judge was a bit stand-offish which goes with his being so much older. However, the other two have engaged Nuka playfully.
Nuka, like all otters, eats one-fourth of his body weight a day. He eats shrimp, clams, squid and dungeness crab. Each otter at the Aquarium costs about $17,500 a year to feed. And there are health check ups and vet bills on top of that.
Which brings up the issue of community adoption of these precious creatures. The OCA offers a number of low cost adoption opportunities for individuals, families or businesses. Your adoption donation (and there are a number of levels) includes a framed thank-you photo from the animal you adopt and a certificate of adoption from the Aquarium. For more details, check the OCA’s website at Aquarium.com/support/adopt or simply by clicking here.