Wild Sea Otter Birth Captured on Periscope in Stormy Monterey Bay

Mar 06, 2016

Aquarium News
Exhibits & Animals
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A wild sea otter mom, seeking shelter from stormy seas, gave birth to a pup in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Great Tide Pool Saturday afternoon as visitors and staff looked on. On Sunday, mom and pup rested in the Great Tide Pool, where they continued to delight onlookers with amazing opportunities to see this rare occurrence. It’s the second time since December that a mother otter has used the sheltered waters to care for their pup. 

"Word must be getting out among the wild sea otters of central California that a tide pool outside the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a comfortable — if very public — birthing center." - The Washington Post

“Never has graphic biological content been so adorable.” - The Atlantic

If you missed the live birth shared on the aquarium’s Periscope, check out the rebroadcast of this unfolding event at https://katch.me/MontereyAq/v/80ee4b41-4435-32e0-85e0-9c8816448ff8. Stay updated on the latest through the aquarium’s Facebook page, on Twitter and Instagram, and read more about the events as they unfold via Tumblr.

After a three-day stay, the wild sea otter mom and her pup have headed back out into Monterey Bay. 

Video is available by upon request. If you’d like to visit, schedule an interview, or get more details please let us know!


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