The previously oiled female sea otter is still being cared for at the Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center in Santa Cruz. She is currently stable and seems to be recovering well. Although she’s not yet waterproof, she is spending more and more time in the water (where she belongs).
This video clip (thanks to Erin Dodd) shows her working hard to realign the hairs in her very dense coat. You can see how much effort it takes to put everything back in order. As you watch the video, pay attention to the hair over her hind quarters and tail. You can see how the hair is still wet and plastered against her skin. It’ll take some time, but I’m sure she’ll get to this area eventually.
Greg Massey, OWCN Asst. Director