See our post from earlier this week about Selka’s dramatic story!
Photo by Pinnipedlab/Mariah Tengler
This is Selka, Monterey Bay Aquarium‘s newest resident! Selka is no stranger to the aquarium – she was rescued when she was only one week old. Known then as 595, she spent a few months with the aquarium’s surrogate sea otters, who taught the little one how to otter on her own. The aquarium released her to the wild, but only eight weeks later she was again rescued after having been attacked by a shark. Back she went to the aquarium, where she underwent surgery and rehabilitation, and when she was better, she was again released. She made her third visit to the aquarium after a few months in the wild, “this time due to concerns about her health and several interactions with people. US Fish and Wildlife determined that she was too likely to interact with humans to be safe in the wild and deemed her non-releasable.”