Monterey Bay Aquarium's Resident Sea Otter Kit Invents "The Shrimp Game"

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Kit is one of Monterey Bay Aquarium's largest sea otters (Credit: Montereybayaquarium.org)

Most seafood lovers — animal or human — would find it hard to resist a tasty shrimp morsel. However, not Kit, a mischievous sea otter that resides at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium. Rather than gulping down the tiny crustacean, Kit used it as a game piece to play what the aquarium officials dubbed "The Shrimp Game."

In the video, captured by sea otter aquarists Stephany and Jess, the clever otter repeatedly pops out from the holes in the enrichment board — first to "hide" the shrimp and then to "find" it. Kit's fun game takes a surprising twist when fellow otter Ivy gets wind of the "free" food. What happens next has to be seen to be believed!

Kit was just five weeks old when she was found stranded in California's Morro Bay by a biologist in January 2010. The tiny pup was brought to the aquarium and, at just 11 months of age, became the youngest sea otter to go on exhibit. Her caretakers say the smart otter rapidly learned critical survival skills, like cracking open clams and eating live crabs without getting bitten! Kit, who now weighs 50 pounds, is one of the aquarium's largest otters. The talented mammal spends her time taking care of abandoned otter pups and . . . inventing new games!

Resources: montereybayaquarium.org

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129 Comments
  • luserfur
    luserfur2 days
    ok for one the otter was/is very cute one-hundred percent would adopt if I could<3 -Lucefur.....
    • kudihomifuto
      I love this otter he is so cute I can't believe this! :)
    • omgdada
      omgdada3 days
      They are so cool
      • 234trtfdre56ygh
        otters are very unique creatures or i guess mammals
      • sunfun
        sunfun4 days
        Oh my goodness! I am going to be a vet when I grow up! Sooooooooo Cute❤
        • 234trtfdre56ygh
          just because your going to be a vet doesn't mean you can work with otters
        • cia
          cia6 days
          SO CUTE!
          • cia
            cia6 days
            He is so cute!
            • risk
              risk6 days
              nice
              • ev2407
                ev24077 days
                Aww cutey!
                • max-life
                  max-life7 days
                  Cute I love it
                  • viakia12345
                    Sooo cute!