Do you love sea otters? I mean, do you really, really LOVE sea otters? Then you “otter” visit the Vancouver Aquarium next week for Sea Otter Awareness Week.

It’s the 11th year of spreading sea otter love and fun. In order to get you prepared for it, here’s a quick rundown of the sea otters at the Vancouver Aquarium:

Sea otters rely on dense fur coats, rather than blubber or fat, to stay warm.

Sea otters rely on dense fur coats, rather than blubber or fat, to stay warm.

Elfin – was rescued after being orphaned in Alaska in 2000.

Tanu – was rescued after being orphaned in Alaska in 2004.

Katmai (“cat-my”) – was rescued after being orphaned in Alaska in 2012. She was named for a national park on Alaska’s coast, and joined the Aquarium in the spring of 2013.

The sea otter’s dense fur is the reason why they were once hunted, almost to the point of extinction. Since becoming protected, however, their numbers are starting to bounce back. But they are still considered an endangered species.

Tanu eats a crab. Sea otters also eat clams and sea urchins.

Tanu eats a crab. Sea otters also eat clams and sea urchins.

Learn more at the Aquarium:

Visit and watch a sea otter feed and interpretive talk.

Join a sea otter encounter.

Watch the sea otters from the comfort of your own home.

 

 

Written by Karen Horak, writer-editor, content and digital experience at the Vancouver Aquarium.

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