Michael Pratt

Senior Trainer, Penguins and Otters

Michael Pratt works with penguins, otters, beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins at Shedd Aquarium. Since joining Shedd in 2010, Pratt has traveled to South Africa to assist on several rescue and rehab efforts at SANCCOB (South African Foundation for the Conservation of Costal Birds), where he has lent his expertise to care for stranded and injured penguins. At Shedd, Pratt works with Magellanic and rockhopper penguins, as well as northern and southern sea otters, providing them food, care and training.

Pratt graduated from John Carroll University with a dual degree in biology and philosophy. In 2007, while he was still in college, Pratt worked with Shedd on beluga calf observations and began an internship immediately after that.

In January 2015, Pratt was sent to Monterey Bay Aquarium to assist with a stranded female southern sea otter pup found on Carmel Beach. He worked closely with Monterey Bay staff to monitor the stranded otter’s progress, helping the pup reach milestones like learning to eat and groom on her own. Pratt accompanied the otter — referred to as Pup 719 — to her new home at Shedd later that month.