Earlier this year, the Monterey Bay Aquarium found a few weeks old male baby otter on the California coast, of which no full-grown sea otters were in sight. The two 5-month-old Sea Otter puppies learn how to forage, dive and groom in the Regenstein Pup Nursery at the Chicago Shedd Aquarium.
They are known as Pup 870 and Pup 872, but the Aquarium asks for your help in re-christening the lovable creatures with cute names. Perhaps the zookeepers were concerned about ending up with otters called Otty McOtterface, John Cena, or something worse, and made a short list of names, all referring to the California Sea Otter habitat.
The options are Cooper (after Cupertino, California), Watson (after Watsonville, California), Obi (short for San Luis Obispo, California), Bennett or Simon (after Point Bennett and Simonton Cove on San Miguel Island).
You can vote here as many times as you want until September 28th. Winners will be announced the following Monday, September 30th. From this point on, the sea otter puppies begin their gradual transition from nursery to the Otter Habitat, where visitors have the opportunity to see them.
The naming contest is part of this week's Sea Otter Awareness Week by Shedd Aquarium, which aims to educate and educate the public about the role of otters in the marine ecosystem. "Sea otters exist today because enough people have come together and Protective measures such as the law on endangered species have called for, "said Peggy Sloan, Shedds chief animal officer, in a press release. "The best way to ensure the survival of species such as sea otters is to make your voice heard by elected officials and to inform them that you oppose the weakening of any kind of safeguard such as ESA."
Wait until you find out which names prevail and celebrate the Sea Otter Awareness Week with some facts about the otters.
[h/t Shedd Aquarium]