September 24, 2014
Written by: Anslee Schroeder,
Digital Media Specialist
It’s officially Sea Otter Awareness Week! From September 21 to 27, Georgia Aquarium is joining aquariums and organizations from around the nation to not only celebrate these charismatic mammals, but to also bring awareness to their unfortunate “endangered” status.
Throughout the week, we will be hosting a variety of educational activities and special trainer sessions onsite for our guests, but today through this blog, we want to share with you more insight to the care we provide for this precious species and what we have learned from them in our care.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with our Director of Animal Health, Dr. Tonya Clauss, and dive deeper into to the preventative health and devoted care our sea otters, as well as all Aquarium animals, receive on a daily basis.
Currently in our care, we house five very lively and playful Southern sea otters: Grazie, Oz, Cruz, Bixby and Brighton. When we first opened our doors in 2005, Dr. Clauss was present along with the first two otters at Georgia Aquarium, Gracie and Oz. A few years later in 2010, Georgia Aquarium adopted three juvenile otters through our 4R Program, two who were orphaned and the third that was stranded and suffered from a parasitic infection. By working with partner groups and Research Conservation programs, we were able to aid in the rescue of the sea otter pups and rehabilitate them back to health. These three otters today are known as Bixby, Cruz and Brighton.