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OLLIE THE SEA OTTER GETS A ROLE MODEL

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

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When Ollie was introduced to Brook a few weeks ago the goal was to gradually accustom the little critter to other sea otters. Brook, being the senior female of the exhibit, is also turning out to be an excellent role model for the younger otter.

The staff considers Brook the “Queen of the Aquarium” as she has been in Long Beach since the day the facility opened to the public in 1998. She is a very disciplined and “correct” otter when it comes to working with her trainers. In a scene right out of the movie Princess Diaries some of that discipline appears to be rubbing off on Ollie as I’ve noticed that when I work with her in Brook’s presence she seems more focused and well mannered. Ollie is turning into an otter princess. She’s taken on some of the mannerisms of her Royal pad mate.

As you can see in the accompanying images, when they are in the water together they do sort of an otter ballet as the young Ollie swims in sync with “The Queen”.

In the first image you can see Brook and Ollie go nose to nose as they form what looks like an almost choreographed ballet move right out of Swan Lake. It’s almost looks like they are kissing as they swim.

In the second image the two sea otters appear to be practicing synchronized swimming with Brook keeping a guiding paw on her younger charge.

In the third image Brook shows why being an otter role model fits her to a “T”.

The fourth image shows the two otters floating together side by side in a brief moment of quiet.

Of course Ollie is still a young otter and continues to have her cute moments. In the last image you can see Ollie as she contorts herself while she grooms forming a most unusual yoga-like pattern that sort of looks like an otter’s impression of a “hidden Mickey” from Disneyland.

OLLIE THE SEA OTTER GETS A ROLE MODEL
Brook and Ollie swimming in sync.  | Hugh Ryono
OLLIE THE SEA OTTER GETS A ROLE MODEL
Brook capping the letter as Ollie gets this otter thing down to a "T".  | Hugh Ryono
OLLIE THE SEA OTTER GETS A ROLE MODEL
Brook and Ollie side by side.  | Hugh Ryono
OLLIE THE SEA OTTER GETS A ROLE MODEL
Ollie grooming herself in a very yoga-like way.  | Hugh Ryono

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Laura

Saturday, April 02, 2011 02:15 PM

They really are social critters, aren’t they.  No wonder she wailed every time you moved away from her when you were keeping her company after she had just arrived.  The pictures are great; I especially like the one of Ollie and Brook snoozing and holding hands.

Thanks for the update!!

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