Baby Sea Otter Who Survived Shark Attack Recovering Quickly

August 8, 2018
A baby sea otter, whose mother died in a shark attack, is recovering nicely, according to the Marine Mammal Center.

Baby Sea Otter (Photo credit: Bill Hunnewel/Marine Mammal Center)

SAUSALITO (KCBS Radio) — The baby sea otter who was found clinging to her badly injured mother on a San Luis Obispo County Beach this spring is making a quick recovery at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. As KCBS Radio's Megan Goldsby reports, they're hoping to release her in a month or so.

When rescuers found the little sea otter and her mother on the shore of Morro Bay, Langley was crying out.

"We're assuming that the shark had bitten Langley's mother," Shawn Johnson, Director of Veterinary Science at the Marine Mammal Center said. "And and we're kind of assuming that she helped bring the pup ashore to get away from the shark." 

Johnson also said they weren't able to save the mother. But Langley actually wasn't injured and luckily was around weaning age " that was really great for her and us because we were able to transition her to a shellfish in a fish diet."

Since May, she's been gaining weight nicely he says and is in a tank at the center with other rescued southern sea lions which are a threatened species. They're giving her live food that she will find when she returns to Morro Bay. Hopefully as soon as next month.

"It's pretty easy to get food when it's given to you." Johnson said. "She's going to have to learn her environment. There are lots of otters in Morro Bay. She's going to have to learn the hierarchy in the social structure of the otters down there and more importantly the challenge of finding the food and forging on her own."

Langley will be tracked though and observed, so if she's having any trouble adjusting, they'll be able to rescue her again.