You Otter Know that Saturday Kicks Off Otter Awareness Week at Vancouver Aquarium

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Whether they are diving, playing, splashing about, or holding paws while they sleep, sea otters are undeniably charming . . . some may even say they are “otterly” adorable. More than just a fuzzy face, sea otters play a vital role in coastal ecosystems, keeping kelp forests — which provide a home to marine animals and protect our shorelines from wind and waves — in balance. Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, invites you to celebrate sea otters during Sea Otter Awareness Week. From Saturday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Oct. 1, visitors can learn more about sea otters, the challenges they face in the wild, and how to help conserve this cute and crucial species.

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You Otter Know that Saturday Kicks Off Otter Awareness Week at Vancouver Aquarium

Kids In Vancouver: Visit The New Otter Pups At The Aquarium

New Sea Otter Pup | Photo: Daniela Ruiz (Alaska Sea Life Center)

New Sea Otter Pup | Photo: Daniela Ruiz (Alaska SeaLife Center)

Vancouver visitors love to ogle the Vancouver Aquarium’s resident sea otters as they splash and dive in their centrally-located outdoor habitat. People just can’t seem to resist their adorably fluffy faces and perky demeanour. Over the years, visitors have gotten to know the personalities of each of the four sea otters who currently reside at the Vancouver Aquarium – one of North America’s leading facilities in sea otter care.

On November 1, 2016, the Vancouver Aquarium welcomed two new sea otter pups to their friendly brood of rescues, and the new residents have had quite the journey from their birthplace in Alaska. Learn more about why they’ve made the move, and chime in with your ideas on what the aquarium should name their new friends!

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Kids In Vancouver: Visit The New Otter Pups At The Aquarium

Cute News Alert: Baby Sea Otter Coming to Vancouver Aquarium

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Image courtesy of Seattle Aquarium.

In today’s top story in the cutest news ever: a new baby sea otter will be joining the crew at the Vancouver Aquarium after being rescued and rehabilitated by the nearby Seattle Aquarium.

The stranded pup was discovered in early August, alone and starving on Rialto Beach, which is located on the outer coast of Washington state. He was only about three weeks old and incredibly thin and weak. Unlike the seals that seem to overpopulate our waters, sea otters are listed under the state of Washington as a threatened species.

The orphaned pup (now known as “Rialto”) will be moving to the Vancouver Aquarium as soon as he’s stable and the proper permits have been obtained.

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Cute News Alert: Baby Sea Otter Coming to Vancouver Aquarium

It’s Stanley Park’s 125th Birthday, and We’re Pretty Sure This Sea Otter Knows It

 
To celebrate Stanley Park’s 125th anniversary, Elfin, a sea otter at the Vancouver Aquarium, was presented with a special cake. The ice cake was made with shrimp, crab, mussels and clam “icing.”

Elfin is one of three rehabilitated sea otters at the Vancouver Aquarium. The sea otters were rescued as orphans in Alaska and nursed back to health with the help of the Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre staff.

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It’s Stanley Park’s 125th Birthday, and We’re Pretty Sure This Sea Otter Knows It