What better place to celebrate International Sea Otter Awareness Day than at the Oregon Coast Aquarium? On Saturday, September 29, the Aquarium is holding a special recognition event to raise awareness of the vital role sea otters play in nearshore ecosystems.
Although they may appear to be a simple ball of fuzz, sea otters are a “keystone” species that maintain the balance of marine ecosystems. By feeding on urchins, sea otters prevent the overgrazing of kelp—allowing kelp forests and their inhabitants to flourish. Best of all—they get a tasty meal out of it!
The Aquarium’s three sea otters were rescued after being injured or abandoned as pups in California and Alaska. Visit the Aquarium from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29 to see the top-notch care that our otters receive and enjoy a day of otter-themed activities and presentations.
“Sea otters were hunted near to extinction during the fur trade, and while their populations are slowly coming back in Alaska, Washington and California, we have not seen sea otters return to Oregon,” said Brittany Blades, Assistant Curator of Mammals at the Aquarium. “Sea Otter Awareness Day teaches people what they can do to help sea otters have a welcome home in Oregon. Come meet a mammalogist to ask all of your otter know questions!”
Learn firsthand how the Aquarium staff train, feed and care for Nuka, Schuster and Oswald during live presentations, and test your luck in a raffle afterwards. A Behind the Scenes sneak peek provides a glimpse of what goes in to sea otter husbandry, from sustainably-sourced, restaurant-quality seafood preparation to the enormous collection of enrichment items that keep these mischievous marine mammals too busy to get into trouble. Additionally, guests can relax at the Otter Story Station and get crafty making otter headbands.