NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas will welcome two new residents to its Sea Otter Habitat.
Mollie and Clara, two sea otters from the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Research and Conservation program, are making their new home in New Orleans with long-time resident sea otter (and visitor favorite) Emma.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Research and Conservation program has been studying and trying to save the threatened southern sea otter since 1984. SORAC rescues, treats and releases injured otters, raises and releases stranded pups through its surrogate program, provides care for sea otters that can't return to the wild, and conducts scientific research.
Approximately 3 years-old, Mollie was rescued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium animal care team near a dock by the Monterey Yacht Club on July 28, 2014. Given the otter's history of interacting with humans, it was determined that the best decision for Molly's welfare was to remain in human care.
Approximately six years-old, Clara was rescued on August 12, 2014 in Moss Landing, Monterey County. Due to her propensity to interact with dogs in the area, state and federal sea otter biologists agreed it was in the otter's best interest to remain in human care.
Clara and Mollie are acclimating to the new home behind-the-scenes at the Aquarium but and will join Emma soon in the custom-made, 25,000-gallon otter habitat, where the trio will receive daily training, toys for enrichment and plenty of treats in the coming days. Each otter eats about 6-7 pounds of seafood per day, all of it restaurant-quality and prepared at the Aquarium by animal care professionals.