Shedd Aquarium has a new video of its otters enjoying the snow

Doug George, Chicago Tribune
·1 min read

For those of us that are fans of videos released by the Shedd Aquarium — gratuitously cute category — a quick recap: First came Luna the sea otter, way back in late 2014, rescued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and brought to the Shedd in Chicago as a baby. Bath toys chewed, internet broken. Wellington the rockhopper penguin, now 33, was the Shedd’s next online star with that kind of fame wattage, caught on camera gamely exploring the empty aquarium early on during the pandemic lockdown. Maybe inevitably, in October came “Shedd Aquarium Penguins Meet the Sea Otters!”

On Thursday, the Shedd released a new video of otters playing in the snow, or at least a nice pile of snow and a few camera-ready snowmen, brought into their habitat from the outside. Fresh from our recent winter storm, said the announcement, “Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium took advantage of the natural terrain by adding fresh snow into the sea otter habitat.”

The otters seem pretty happy with the diversion, with several jumping in the pile, going for a slide, even kicking back for a snack.

Adding a bit of science to the announcement, the Shedd also pointed out that “sea otters have the densest fur of any animal, up to 1 million hairs per square inch, so they are equipped to manage the cold temperatures in the Pacific Ocean.”

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