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Discover the otter path
The otter path
Focus on the Eurasian otter and the sea otter
Located outside the Polar Pavilion at Océanopolis, Otter Trail is where you’ll discover two species of otter. Watch them frolic in landscaped surroundings that recreate the conditions of their native habitats: the North Pacific and Northeast Atlantic.
On Otter Trail
Three sea otters and a pair of European otters live in surroundings that recreate the conditions and characteristics of their native habitats: the North Pacific and Northeast Atlantic respectively.
Loutre d' Europe © Océanopolis
The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is the most aquatic of the otter species and the only one able to live full-time in the ocean. Characteristic of coastal regions in the North Pacific, it is rarely seen in public. At Océanopolis, it is on view for the first time in France.
Sea otter in its native environment © Océanopolis Katia Quéméré
Otter Path has been home to European otters since 2013. France’s only otter, this species lives in wetlands, which offer exceptional habitats. Found in Brittany, the European otter (Lutra lutra), sometimes called the Eurasian otter, is a semi-aquatic mammal.
European otter © Océanopolis
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Public showings of sea otters are exceptional!
Océanopolis is the first place in France where visitors can view this marine mammal, which hails from Alaska, testifying to the centre’s deep-seated commitment to protecting all marine life. The arrival in Brest of two new individuals of this species, which is emblematic of North Pacific coasts, constitutes a national event in France for a number of reasons:
• It participates to sea otter conservation by working with an Alaskan rescue programme, which since 2013 has allowed for the export of animals that cannot be released back into the wild. In Europe, only the Lisbon and Copenhagen aquariums - and now Océanopolis in Brest - offer visitors the chance to view the species.
• Their transfer from Anchorage (USA) to Brest (FR) was a race against time, since the otters had to spend the time travelling out of water. Door to door, the trip from the Seward SeaLife Center to Océanopolis took 15 hours and required highly specialized shipping and logistics.
• Their new home, specially designed according to American specifications in a dedicated outdoor area—Otter Path—includes: glassed-in pools containing 180 cubic metres of water and rocky coastal landscaping visible above and below water, and a state-of-the-art veterinary platform in back.
• Océanopolis keepers are closely involved in this conservation mission, which aims at gaining a better understanding of this marine mammal and at raising awareness about it. The centre’s veterinarians use cutting-edge methods to carefully monitor the animals.