Charlie the record-breaking Long Beach sea otter dies at 22

LONG BEACH (KABC) -- Charlie, a Long Beach sea otter who lived 22 years and broke a record for longevity, has died, the Aquarium of the Pacific announced.

Charlie was celebrated when he turned 22 last month. He had already made it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living sea otter in captivity and was the second to ever reach that age. Sea otters in the wild typically live around 10 to 14 years.

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At age 22, Charlie, who lives at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach - is the oldest southern sea otter in an aquarium or zoo.

Charlie was orphaned during the El Nino season of 1997 and then brought to the aquarium in 1998 before it officially opened to the public.

The aquarium is offering fans a chance to pay tribute to him on Sunday, April 28. Visitors that day will be able to fill out a card in Charlie's memory that will hang from the sea otter habitat that day.
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