Oregon Coast Aquarium’s largest sea otter dies after emergency operation
By John Ross Ferrara,
PORTLAND, Ore. ( KOIN ) – The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s 9-year-old male sea otter Nuka died on Tuesday after undergoing an emergency operation.
“The Oregon Coast Aquarium is saddened to announce the passing of Nuka, the Aquarium’s resident northern sea otter,” the aquarium said. “Nuka passed following an emergency veterinary procedure, which was carried out after staff observed atypical behavior and physical symptoms.”
Oregon Coast Aquarium Curator of Marine Mammals Brittany Blades said that Nuka was also known for wrapping himself in kelp strips and sleeping on top of a rock in the center of the habitat for everyone to see.
“We will all miss him so much,” Blades said.
Nuka leaves behind his fellow aquarium otters Oswald, Schuster and Earle.
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