November 20, 2018

Seattle Aquarium awaits sea otter’s birth

The Seattle Aquarium’s otter Aniak couldn’t be happier, munching on fresh, local seafood. But her keepers are pacing the floor.

Aniak is due to give birth any minute now, and that has bird and mammal curator Traci Belting and C.J. Casson, the aquarium’s director of life sciences, standing watch.

She’s doing great and serenely going about her normal day, seems comfortable and right on track for an all-systems-go delivery, they say.

The Seattle Aquarium was the first in the world to successfully breed northern sea otters, so Aniak, one of the aquarium’s three resident northern sea otters, is in good hands. She’s also