Sekiu, the sea otter born at the Seattle Aquarium in 2012, is 2 years old today! Below, Aquarium Biologist Caroline Hempstead shares an update on what Sekiu has been up to this year. For more information on Sekiu (and her mother and grandmother, who also live at the Seattle Aquarium), click here!
The animal training program at the Seattle Aquarium is designed to enhance the quality of life for the animals in our care. As part of our comprehensive enrichment program, animal training allows us to provide optimal care for our animals, ensuring their physiological and psychological well-being.
At 2 years old, Sekiu has established over 20 different trained behaviors. Some of these behaviors include paw present, kennel, roll over, scale for weighing, and stethoscope for respiration and heart rate.
Sekiu is an energetic 2-year-old and we are always trying to find new ways to enrich her. Our most recent intern, Cameron Donegan, designed a sea-otter-proof tetherball that keeps her fully entertained. Next time you are walking by the exhibit, you might see Sekiu playing with an enrichment item!