Otters Return to Monterey Bay Aquarium

The refurbishment of the popular animals' two-story exhibit is complete.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium's updated (and always popular) otter exhibit re-opens on Saturday, March 23. (Pictured: Joy and Kit)
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The updated otter exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium re-opens on Saturday, March 23. Translation? The otters are back.
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Kit, the youngest sea otter to be exhibited at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, was put on display on February 18th, 2010. Kit was rescued in January of 2010 from Morro Bay after SORAC staff determined that the pup's mother had been absent for some time. She is doing well and is interacting with the other otters.
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Kit and her companion Mae, two female southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
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This otter is named Joy.
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The otters are true ambassadors not just for the aquarium but for all of Monterey Bay.
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New interactive features will help aquarium guests get to know the resident otters better.
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There's a new Otter Spotter station at the aquarium, too, complete with telescope. Meaning visitors can search the ocean for wild otters at play.
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Pups, like this Southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris), are frequently fostered at the aquarium.
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Southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris) pup #598
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Rosa is one of the Monterey Bay Aquarium otters.
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a rescue-and-release program for wild California otters.
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Over 600 otters, many of them sick or orphaned, have been a part of the aquarium's otter program over the years.
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Southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris) pup #598 and Abby
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Otters and Monterey go hand-in-hand (or hand-in-paw, perhaps).
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The updated otter exhibit re-opens at Monterey Bay Aquarium on Saturday, March 23.
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