Following a successful introduction to Tanu earlier this spring, Vancouver Aquarium’s youngest rescued sea otters – Rialto, Mak, and Kunik – recently expanded their social circle when they met Katmai, an almost five-year-old female otter who joined the Aquarium family in 2013.

“Katmai has always been interested in young sea otters and, while she is four years older than Rialto, Mak, and Kunik, she’s still really playful. We’ve been looking forward this introduction,” said Marine Mammal Curator Brian Sheehan. “Their first meet went well! As soon as Katmai entered the water, the young sea otters approached and all four otters began curiously sniffing one another. Things quickly progressed to playful wrestling as the otters energetically rolled and jumped and splashed about in their habitat. The youngest otter, Rialto, took a short break on the haul out but it wasn’t long until he got back in on the action.”

Rialto, the youngest sea otter, was a little timid. It wasn’t long until he was playing with the otters again.

While Katmai has re-joined Tanu, the Aquarium’s marine mammal care team anticipate socializing the older and the younger sea otters more and more during the summer months.

Visitors to Vancouver Aquarium can get to know the sea otters and their rescue stories during daily sea otter talks at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and watch the sea otters in their habitat via the live Sea Otter Cam and the Underwater Otter Cam.

The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by the Port of Vancouver, is a hospital for sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals. The Rescue Centre rescues stranded marine mammals and rehabilitates them for release back into their natural habitat. At a time when more science is needed, not less, we ask that you share your support for our conservation work, and to keep Canada’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre open and thriving. Share your support here.

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