In May of this year, Alaska SeaLife Center was caring for seven rescued sea otters, two of which were young pups requiring around the clock care. The male pup was found in Cordova, AK as a newborn with no mother and the female pup was found floating in Homer, AK in danger of being attacked by whales. Sea otter care is time consuming and expensive, especially because of the varied, high quality diet given to the otters at the Center. The otters at the SeaLife Center are deemed non-releasable if found as pups because they require so much care and close contact with humans. There have been several sea otter mortality events in recent years, including reports of more than 300 dead or stranded otters in 2015 alone. Alaska SeaLife Center works to rehabilitate as many sea otters as possible and helps the otters become ambassadors for their species when they find their permanent homes at zoos and aquariums around the world.
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Submitted by MMRT member Sarah M.
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