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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171 Comments
  • ant-man3737
    I want to be an otter. :0
    • da_frog
      da_frog5 days
      soooooo cool!!
      • soferloafer
        Cuteee
        • zsparkyz
          zsparkyz7 days
          So adorable!
          • kannageboi
            I actually want to be an otter now so I can play shrimp game lol
            • kikozegahuho
              i think oters are my new favorite animal now
              • nauen
                nauen15 days
                AWWWW so cute!!
                • poppers119
                  poppers11919 days
                  SOOOOO CUTE!!!
                  • tiaswonder
                    tiaswonder20 days
                    SUPER CUTE!!
                    • animals24
                      animals2421 days
                      Can’t believe otters would play such a mean game with the shrimp I mean it’s like torture when you think about it