WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A new family of otters settled in swimmingly at a new habitat at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. You can learn more about sea otters at the Aquarium’s Sea Otter Awareness Week Celebration on Saturday, September 27. Power a phone with fabric or a beacon with sound. Those in need of over-the-counter medications can head to the Mobile Free Pharmacy event taking place at Wilmington Health on Jan. 15. Say hello to our three otters: male Adaa; females Aniak and Mishka. Saving sea otters. Senior trainer, Ryan, demonstrates how she trains rescued sea otters at the Georgia Aquarium using stimulating enrichment activities. Facebook Georgia Aquarium . It’s pretty cool.”. Then a woman appeared with a big block of ice chock-full of krill and butter clams. Not only did the girls delight in meeting the new Asian small-clawed otters and seeing them play, they also learned more about them from Savannah, a member of the otters’ care team. The sea otters at the Aquarium are famous for being cute and fluffy, but there’s more to them than being adorable. Visit North American river otters Chaos and Mayhem at the Aquarium. Minnig opened tall, chrome freezers worthy of a restaurant to show us bowls of shrimp, and trays of crabs, clams, and fish meant for the aquarium animals’ dinners. River otters can dive to depths of up to 60 feet! is a free, award-winning online publication dedicated to providing age-appropriate science news to learners, parents and educators. “Otters & Their Waters” is open during normal hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week, at Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota, Fla. The four are made up of small-clawed Asian otter parents and their two children. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, visitors to the aquarium must wear masks and practice social distancing. The otters inside twirled and splashed in the water. We really want to tell their story as much as we can so that people make that personal connection and go out and find ways to make sure that these animals are on the planet for many many decades to come.”. Post was not sent - check your e-mail addresses! We are there to learn what biologists and curators do from day to day. Tahoe is a juvenile river otter that made his debut in April 2017, joining Shasta, Baxter and Ryer as watershed ambassadors. Medardo, our primary otter care giver, has been working with Asta, Oscar, Triton and Ray for months on specific behaviors. :icons / white / donate copy. But having an otter over for the big occasion is probably not a wise idea, at least according to this cheeky post shared by the Aquarium of the Pacific in honor of Thanksgiving 2020. Giant machines next to us noisily pumped and filtered gallons of aquarium water. Since opening in 1977, we’ve had nine successful pups born here. Weekly updates to help you use Science News for Students in the learning environment. To a sea urchin, crab or clam, a sea otter is a fearsome predator. Below are some quick facts on these charming, outgoing, intelligent mammals. These small otters are normally found sliding on mud banks and being extremely social within the water habitat. You can visit Asta, Oscar, Tritan and Ray daily from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. She joined the news team in October 2010. The publication, as well as Science News magazine, are published by the Society for Science, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. These playful and lively locals are not only fun to watch but also provide an opportunity to learn about the Bay Area’s complex ecosystem. She also laid out a row of clamshells on the deck. For guests who are not ready to visit in person, a virtual program, called Luna’s Holiday Special, is planned for Saturday, Dec. 12. I think they were all thinking what I was: “This is what I love about being a science reporter!”. The care and feeding of the three otters is serious business, and staff work closely with Aquarium vets … Watch as he targets the animals to different stations and activities through positive reinforcement. The four are made up of small-clawed Asian otter parents and their two children. 322 Shipyard Blvd.Wilmington, NC 28412(910) 791-8070. River otters can hold their breath for up to 8 minutes underwater. The otters always have a choice to participate in these sessions and you can see Asta join the fun at the 1:15 mark. Copyright 2020 WECT. Scientists call it “enrichment.”. Unlike whales and dolphins, they have no blubber to keep them warm in the chilly water, so they have to eat up to 30 percent of their body weight every day. And Ryer as watershed ambassadors tubes, toys, and the other creatures at the Aquarium expects to for! 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