According to the aquarium's blog: "For the last several days, a wild female sea otter had been using the protected basin of our Great Tide Pool to rest from the winter storms. Last night, just as the Aquarium closed, she was spotted once again slinking into the pool for some shut-eye. It's rare for a healthy sea otter to visit the pool so frequently-we started to wonder if she was doing all right."
They say staff witnessed the brand new pup resting on the mother's belly around 8:30 a.m.
Aquarium staff, volunteers, and a steady wave of visitors have been watching the two float around the Great Tide Pool.
Update on the wild otter mom and newborn pup in our Great Tide Pool yesterday: still there, still adorable! pic.twitter.com/tgcyeBCSfA— Monterey Aquarium (@MontereyAq) December 21, 2015
FULL STORY: Wild sea otter gives birth to pup at Monterey Bay Aquarium