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Aquarium says injured sea otter has died

Injured sea otter in a holding facility at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Oregon Coast Aquarium
The Oregon Coast Aquarium said the injured sea otter was receiving round-the-clock care.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium says an injured sea otter that came under its care last week has died. The otter’s injuries were consistent with those of a shark bite, although the exact cause is unknown.

The aquarium said its staff provided care to the animal around the clock, but the injuries ultimately proved fatal.

“Rehabilitation of stranded animals can be very challenging, as they are medically compromised when they arrive at our facility,” said the aquarium's Director of Husbandry, Jim Burke in a press release. “Our team put in a great effort with diagnostics, treatment and care, but the underlying conditions were too great to overcome.”

The aquarium, located in Newport, said the animal will be sent to a United States Fish and Wildlife Service veterinary facility for a complete necropsy.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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