Sea Otter Cam

Live Web Cam: 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Pacific Time    Today's Feeding Times: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
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Southern sea otter Gidget

Remembering Gidget

We're saddened to share the news that our 10-year-old exhibit sea otter Gidget died Sunday evening despite the efforts of the Aquarium's veterinary and sea otter teams to reverse a sudden decline in her health over the past week. Fans of the cam knew Gidget as part of the sea otter exhibit for the past six years. She also raised four stranded pups behind the scenes as a surrogate mother and her DNA is the basis for the first-ever sequencing of the sea otter genome. We don't yet know a precise cause of death and are awaiting more information about the underlying health problems that caused her decline.
Read more about Gidget on our blog

What's happening in our Sea Otter exhibit?

The southern sea otters in our Sea Otters exhibit love to play with toys, lounge in ice buckets or just snooze. We feed ours four times a day, often putting the food in toys to stimulate the otters' natural behavior of pounding and working to get food out of shells.

Our aquarists also teach the otters behaviors, like holding a target with their paws or walking onto a scale. Training keeps our otters mentally and physically stimulated—it also makes working with the otters safer for us and less stressful for them.

Don't Miss

Meet a Pawsome Shark-Bite Survivor

Otter pup 808 was rescued by our Sea Otter Program after being bitten by a shark. Our veterinarian Dr. Mike and his team patched him up, and he learned the ropes of being an otter from his surrogate mom, Rosa. Now, we bid him farewell as he returns to the wild!

Explore the Return of the Sea Otter on Google Voyager

This interactive online journey traces the tale of the species from near extinction in the late 1800s to the conservation efforts that have led to present population levels. Still, sea otters only occupy a small portion of their former range. How far can otters go?

Saving Sea Otters

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Program has been studying the threatened southern sea otter since 1984 with the aim of understanding threats to the population and promoting its recovery. We rescue, treat and release injured otters; raise and release stranded pups through our surrogate program; seek homes for sea otters that can't return to the wild; and conduct scientific research.

View Our Sea Otters Curriculum

Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.