Corky the Rescued Sea Otter Recovers at the Vancouver Aquarium

It just amazes me how awesome the sea otter rescue community is. It takes so much work and money to help a single sea otter and yet there are so many successful otter rescues every year, this one taking place at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Now dubbed Corky, because of the way he was floating when found, the otter is receiving supportive care, regular meals, and pain management. “We’re also continuing to keep an eye out for underlying causes like an algal toxicity or an encephalitis that may have made him more prone to getting hit by something,” said Dr. Haulena. “We are doing everything we can to ensure he has the best chance for a successful rehabilitation for the eventual release back into local waters.” As with all marine mammals saved by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, any eventual decision about Corky’s release will be made by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Read more at the Vancouver Aquarium Blog

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill to Protect Sea Otters

Jerry Brown Linda Ronstadt

California Governor, Jerry Brown (pictured above with Linda Ronstadt sometime in the late 70’s) recently signed a bill to help the remaining California sea otter population.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will renew the California Sea Otter Fund for the next five years.
The fund, which was set to expire in December, helps the research, recovery and protection of the threatened California sea otter.

Read more at the Contra Costa Times

Florida Woman Finds an Otter in her Swimming Pool

A woman in Hobe Sound, FL found an otter in her swimming pool on Sunday.

Wendy Hodges walked out her back door to find an otter in the pool.
“The kids loved it. They thought it was the coolest thing to have an otter in the pool,” she says.


Otters Dine at Sherborne Fish Ponds


Owners of fish ponds in Sherborne in the UK are warning others to secure their ponds from otters looking for an easy meal. Here in the US, we have raccoons that go after our fish ponds so we usually put large pieces of pipe or other hiding places to protect our fish from predators but I’m not sure how you can stop an otter from using your pond as an easy fish buffet other than building a secure fence around your property.

From the Western Gazette: Dru Gurzynski, of Bradford Road, is urging people in the west of Sherborne to secure their ponds after her prized Koi Carp pond was devastated.