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
Shedd Responders Help Alaska Sea Otter Pup
Our Animal Response Team sent two members to the Alaska SeaLife Center, in Seward contributing to 24-hour care for a rescued sea otter pup in 2017.
Rescued, Rehabilitated, Released, Rehomed: Stories of the Animal Response Team
For more than 50 years, Shedd Aquarium has devoted people and resources to helping animals in urgent need.
Shedd, Northwestern Team Up to Protect Animals Through Expanded Partnership
For more than a decade, Shedd Aquarium’s Animal Health team has turned to Northwestern Engineering to develop innovative solutions that further enh...
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.