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Oiled Otters 101

Oiled Otters 101

Looking for up-to-date best practices for washing procedures?  Here you will find images and video about what research shows to be the best techniques and husbandry procedures for caring for oiled sea otters.

It can sometimes be challenging to determine whether a sea otter has been oiled! Various other materials may be foul sea otter fur and this page describes how to distinguish between oil and other substances as well as how to collect oil samples.

This story is an example of oiled otter rehabilitation at work! This is Olive, a sea otter that stranded with oiled pelage and was rescued, washed, rehabilitated and successfully released by OWCN member organizations.