Vote on a Name for the Rescued Sea Otter Pup at Shedd Aquarium

This Orphaned Sea Otter Pup Needs a Name!

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This Orphaned Sea Otter Pup Needs a Name!

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This Orphaned Sea Otter Pup Needs a Name!

The “otterly adorable” sea otter pup that was orphaned, rescued and taken in by Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is getting along swimmingly and is ready to be named.

Now just over 10 pounds, the otter pup has already doubled in size and come a long way, reaching milestones in her development since she was found abandoned on a California beach.

Wildlife officials rescued the orphaned sea otter pup on Coastways Beach in Southern California on Oct. 1 and brought her to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where the then 2-pound pup was nurtured for three weeks to regain her strength. In late October, she was transferred to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

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Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez



Since her arrival, trainers and marine staff have given the pup round-the-clock care, feeding her a high-calorie diet formula every three hours, teaching her how to use her rear flippers, how to swim, dry herself, care for her fur, and more. She has reached critical milestones, most recently, starting to dive.  The pup spends her days playing in her 1,249-gallon private nursery pool and has become a social media star with video of her adorable playtime amassing over 3 million views on YouTube.

Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

CLICK HERE to see photos of the otter pup since she was rescued.

The yet-to-be named otter is known as “Pup 681” since she was the 681st animal to come through the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s sea otter program, but now it’s up to America to vote on her new name. 

In keeping with tradition, the aquarium chose five different names for the pup that are each affiliated with the location where she was rescued and teamed up with “Good Morning America” to put it to an online vote.

Aquarium members were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite name in advance and selected Luna, derived from the nearby Half Moon Bay, which is noted below as the Shedd Members Choice.

The voting period is now closed. The little lady’s name will be revealed on Friday, Dec. 12th on "GMA."

The five names in the running are:

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1. Cali  - to honor the California otter

2. Ellie  - Año Nuevo State Park is well-known for its elephant seals and Elkhorn Slough is right up the coast from Monterey and home to many sea otters

3. Luna - Derived from nearby Half Moon Bay and the Shedd Members Choice

4. Poppy - for the California State Flower

5.  Aña or Anya  - Derived from Año Nuevo State Park

CLICK HERE to see photos of the otter pup since she was rescued.

Click here to learn more about otters and her development.

The voting period is now closed. The little lady’s name will be revealed on Friday, Dec. 12th on "GMA."

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