Oregon Coast Aquarium adopts sea otter pup; viewing limited now via video at aquarium

Posted by The Oregon Coast / March 25, 2014

Nuka, Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will have an addition to its sea otter exhibit this spring, according to Erin Paxton of the aquarium staff.

Nuka, a northern sea otter pup, will not be on exhibit for Oregon’s spring break, but visitors can take a sneak peek of the sea otter pup on a video screen in the Aquarium’s lobby. The pup is expected to be put on public display later.

Nuka 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. The baby marine mammals don’t 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.

The 6- to 8-week old pup appeared thin and the male’s coat was in rough condition when he was first spotted. Something was clearly amiss. Following lengthy observation and a call to local authorities, a veterinarian collected the pup and sent him to the Alaska SeaLife Center for rehabilitation.

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Story by Terry Richard for The Oregonian
Photo courtesy of Oregon Coast Aquarium
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