California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Captive Sea Otter Research Program


Scientists moving sea otter Otters on Beach OSPR scientist taking samples in boat

The Captive Sea Otter Research Program is staffed by CDFG-OSPR, the UCSC-Marine Mammal Training Program with help from Monterey Bay Aquarium and other agencies and funded primarily by UCSC and CDFG. Currently four adult male sea otters that have been declared “unreleasable” by USFWS live at the MWVCRC. They are trained to allow examination, various non-invasive medical procedures, and to do certain behaviors that allow physiologic measures to be taken. Two are also used to study how to wash sea otters more efficiently, safely and effectively should they become oiled.

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