The Alaska SeaLife Center admitted their first stranded animal of 2019. The female sea otter pup was admitted April 9, according to a press release from the SeaLife Center.
The newborn was floating alone in Kachemak Bay before an area fisherman alerted the SeaLife Center, a nonprofit organization focused on marine mammal rehabilitation. Homer-based volunteers, with the permission of U.S. Fish and Wildlife, brought the 3-pound newborn pup to the center in Seward.
The release said the staff was surprised to find the otter pup still had its umbilical cord, indicating it was only around a day old. It is not unusual for the center to treat very young sea otter pups, but one that could be a day old or less is rare, the release said.
“About ten percent of the sea otters admitted to the center are younger than a week old, but only a few are about a day old,” Director of Animal Health, Dr. Carrie Goertz said in the release.