Sea Otter Awareness Week at SeaWorld
MISSION BAY (KUSI) – Now through September 30, SeaWorld is joining other zoological institutions around the country in celebrating Sea Otter Awareness Week. This “otter-this-world” week-long event highlights the park’s “otterly” adorable sea otters and the various conservation issues the species face.
Dani Ruberti was live at SeaWorld to learn more.
During specified times throughout the day, guests can watch as keepers provide environmental enrichment devices, including some known as “otter pops,” to the sea otters, while sharing with guests information about their adaptations and about ways they can help protect otters in the wild. During the presentation, the otters forage for food — including shrimp, mussels and clams– mimicking their natural behavior in the wild.
Other activities include visits to Otter Outlook from one of SeaWorld’s favorite animal ambassadors – Peanut, a North American beaver (beavers and otters are often mistaken for each other, but they actually share nothing in common, except for having thick pelts to keep them warm).
The California sea otter is listed as a threatened species by USFWS. Threats include oil spills, entanglement in fishing nets, diseases and approaching maximum carrying capacity within their range. SeaWorld is hoping to launch in early 2019 a program that will help with the rehabilitation of rescued sea otter pups.
Guests can also enjoy SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, weekends now through Oct. 28. Children 12 and under are encouraged to dress in their finest Halloween costumes, and enjoy special shows, trick or treating, a dance party with fun Halloween characters and the all-new Sesame Street Halloween Parade. This nighttime spectacular features Sesame Street favorites like Elmo, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, and more dressed up in their Halloween costumes. Featuring 10 larger than life floats and a cast of high-energy dancers, this parade will surely have guests dancing into the Halloween! It’s all good, not-too-spooky fun for the whole family.