Otter 501 Has Had Her Third Pup in the Wild!

Remember little Otter 501, the sea otter pup rescued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and subject of the PBS documentary Saving Otter 501? After her rescue she was renamed Luna and successfully released back into the wild – and Monterey Bay Aquarium has learned she has recently had her third pup in the wild! The below photo is Luna with the first pup she had in the wild:

Otter 501 Has Had Her Third Pup in the Wild!

Lucky locals may be able to catch a glimpse of Luna at Elkhorn Slough!

Photo ©Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, via Monterey Bay Aquarium

Otters Snuggle Up Under a Tree

Otters Snuggle Up Under a Tree

Thanks, Rachael and Tim!

[Chestnut Centre, Derbyshire, U.K.]

The Fantastic Fur of Sea Otters

Via KQED Science, which writes:

Sea otters aren’t just cute — they’re a vivid example of life on the edge. Unlike whales and other ocean mammals, sea otters have no blubber. Yet they’re still able to keep warm in the frigid Pacific waters. The secret to their survival? A fur coat like no other.