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Staff mourns passing of Maggie, oldest sea otter at Aquarium of the Pacific

Maggie the sea otter, a staff and public favorite at Aquarium of the Pacific. Photo by Robin Riggs, courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific.
Maggie the sea otter, a staff and public favorite at Aquarium of the Pacific. Photo by Robin Riggs, courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific.

We are saddened to report that Maggie, our 20-year-old sea otter, passed away today. Due to advanced age, Maggie had been showing a decline in health in recent months. To assess her condition, we performed a routine blood draw. She passed away shortly afterwards.

At 20 years of age, Maggie was reaching the maximum age of sea otters. Further tests will be performed to help determine as much information as possible to contribute further to our knowledge of the health issues experienced by geriatric sea otters.

Maggie was stranded, rescued, and deemed non-releasable to the wild. She came to the Aquarium of the Pacific in April 2010 at 9 years of age. Staff considered Maggie to be a motherly sea otter with a kind and gentle nature.

Over the years when young rescued sea otters would be introduced to their new home at the Aquarium, Maggie would share food and swim gently with them. She will be greatly missed by staff and her many public fans.

This article was released by the Aquarium of the Pacific.