River Otter at The Aquarium of the Bay

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Aquarium of the Bay
September 17, 2021
River Otter at The Aquarium of the Bay

Otters Up Close at the Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium, brings guests up-close-and-personal with North American river otters.

River Otters: Watershed Ambassadors features endearing river otters romping, swimming, sleeping, playing, and more. Guests can join Aquarium naturalists for daily "Otter Talks," a 15-minute presentation to learn more about river otters – how they exhibit playful behaviors in the wild, how they differ from their sea otter cousins, and what we can all do to keep their homes healthy and clean. Additionally, guests have the opportunity to catch a daily otter training led by Aquarium biologists. 

Guests can also meet Tahoe, the newest River Otter at the Aquarium. Tahoe is a juvenile river otter that made his debut in April 2017, joining Shasta, Baxter and Ryer as watershed ambassadors. A Bay Area native, Tahoe was born across the Bay at the Oakland Zoo and is the half-brother of frisky brothers Baxter and Ryer, also born in Oakland.

This modern, gallery-like exhibit features deep and shallow pools for the otters to play in, plus plenty of dry land and living foliage for the otters to explore, and a small waterfall that the otters love to dive off. The nearly 1,000-square-foot habitat offers visitors a nearly 360-degree view of the gallery. Guests enter River Otters: Watershed Ambassadors through the Aquarium’s Touch the Bay exhibit, where they are able to touch various animals, including sharks, bat rays, sea stars, anemones and more.

River Otters: Watershed Ambassadors helps Aquarium of the Bay educate guests about the importance of the health and interconnection of our natural resources. Aquarium of the Bay is working to build a connection between its visitors, the river otters, and a healthy watershed. River otters are the perfect animals to demonstrate the importance of this conservation issue because they depend on healthy watersheds to survive. When you see a river otter in the wild, you know that water system is healthy. Plus, they’re fun to watch!

Special during the holidays is River Otter Snow Days on Thursdays in December. Watch as the Aquarium's river otters romp and roll in a winter wonderland in more than 1,000 pounds of snow added to their habitat for the season.

For more information on river otters and additional Aquarium exhibits, and to purchase tickets, please visit Aquarium of the Bay online.


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