Finding a secure home at Shedd
Rescued otters like Ellie are a strong reminder of the threats sea otters face in the wild. She was found abandoned on a Carmel, California, beach at just 4 weeks old. Sea otter experts at Monterey Bay Aquarium rehabilitated her until she found a permanent home at Shedd. Our experts have offered rescue and rehabilitation care for sea otters since the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989. In addition to Ellie, Shedd's current sea otter group also includes rescues Luna and Kiana.
“One of my favorite memories of working with the sea otters is going outside after a heavy snow and bringing it inside to put all over their habitat. They rolled around in it and ate it for hours!”Duke Stacey, animal care specialist
Meet the sea otters
Glistening dark bodies roll in the water. Light-furred faces pop to the surface, then dive back in. For someone without a trainer’s eye, Shedd Aquarium’s sea otters look an awful lot alike. And they seldom stay still long enough for you to try to discern differences. To help you figure out who is whom, here are each otter’s key characteristics.