MONTEREY, Calif. - Selka is the newest sea otter to call the Monterey Bay Aquarium home. It's actually something of a return visit. Four years ago, as a young pup, Selka was rescued by the aquarium's Sea Otter Program staff. She was rehabilitated, fed, groomed and introduced to surrogate mothers, who taught Selka what she'd need to know to survive in the wild.
Eight weeks after her release, she sustained severe shark bite injuries and was rescued and rehabilitated a second time. After yet another return due to health concerns, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deemed her non-releasable.
She then spent two years as part of a research project at the Long Marina Lab at U.C. Santa Cruz.
Now back at the aquarium, Selka is the newest resident of the sea otter exhibit. The aquarium's staff hopes she will someday become a surrogate mother to foster pups, just like the other five resident sea otters have.
Selka joined the exhibit Monday. You can see her via the aquarium's live streaming sea otter cam. Click here.