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In early August, a sea otter pup was reported stranded on Rialto Beach, on the outer coast of Washington state. A male, the pup was estimated to be about three weeks old and was in critical condition; very thin and weak.


Shortly after the stranded pup was discovered, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) contacted the Seattle Aquarium with a request to provide triage treatment to stabilize him. Learn more in our latest post on the Seattle Aquarium blog.


Sea otters are highly regulated animals. They’re protected in Washington under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and also listed under the state of Washington as threatened. This puts them in a unique position: responsibility for their management is co-shared by USFWS and WDFW. They are not listed federally.


As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the Aquarium is a program leader for sea otter management. You can support the Seattle Aquarium and our mission, Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment by making a donation today!