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Oregon Coast Aquarium adopts stranded sea otter pup

Posted: Thursday, Mar 27th, 2014

Nuka, a newly adopted sea otter at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, fishes shrimp out of a ball. The northern sea otter pup from Kodiak, Alaska, is becoming acclimated to his new home and will be on public display later this spring.

Staff at the Oregon Coast Aquarium recently announced there will be a new addition in the sea otter exhibit this spring.

A northern sea otter pup, Enhydra lutris kenyonim, was discovered alone on a beach in Kodiak, Alaska, early last summer. Sea otter pups are helpless when they are born and require constant attention from their mothers. These baby marine mammals do not even know how to swim, let alone groom the dense fur that keeps them warm and buoyant; their mothers must tend to these needs until they learn to do it on their own. 

For the complete article see the 03-28-2014 issue.

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