Who doesn’t love watching otters holding hands, playing, and using each other’s tummies as rafts? Sea otters, which live in northern coastal areas of the Pacific Ocean, are iconically adorable animals, their charm makes them great mascots for environmental protection efforts, and their importance to their local ecosystems cannot be understated.

Sadly, sea otters are threatened by pollution, poaching, and commercial fishing, which sometimes leads to baby otters washing up to shore unattended. But thanks to the efforts of aquariums where people are able to care for them around the clock and teach these cute otters life skills, even baby animals that are orphans have a chance of making it to adulthood.

And we get lots of adorable baby otter pics along the way. Scroll down, have a look, and upvote the cutest photos!

#1

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

VANCOUVER AQUARIUM Report

A B C
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh gosh, its fur looks so soft, I want to pet it all day long 😍

View More Replies...
View more comments

Baby sea otters’ fluff isn’t just adorable, it’s practical: they can’t sink because their incredibly dense hair traps air, making them float. But they still have to be taught to swim and groom themselves, which is more difficult for humans to encourage them to do without an adult otter to show them.

Another reason why raising orphaned otters isn't easy is because they get sick easily due to not receiving antibodies from their mother’s milk, a condition you may be familiar with if you’ve ever had to bottle-feed abandoned kittens or puppies.

#5

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

isaynonowords Report

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is officially the sweetest single thing I've ever seen!!!

View more comments

Many orphaned otters who are raised through this difficult period by humans are determined by wildlife experts to be non-releasable, meaning they become too trusting of humans to be safe in the wild, and end up having to live in captivity permanently.

#8

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

soundguy Report

One aquarium in California has figured out how to increase the number of baby otters that can be successfully returned to the wild: by letting otters raise them, of course. Now, the first line of action upon taking in an orphaned otter is to give it to an adult female otter. Otters are very social and many of them don’t think twice about raising a pup that’s handed to them.

#10

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

tweedyourtoast Report

According to the International Otter Survival Fund, out of the 13 species of otters around the world, the only ones that are not threatened or endangered are North American River Otters, which live just about everywhere in the United States and Canada except for the Rocky Mountains and dry areas.

Some river otters made it into this list too—they're a little sleeker than fluffy baby sea otters, but just as cute.

#14

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

Santa Barbara Zoo/ Sheri Horiszny Report

Emma B
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Soft Otter, Warm Otter, Little ball of fur! Happy Otter, Sleepy Otter. Purr purr purr!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

VANCOUVER AQUARIUM Report

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awwwwww!!!! This one comes with its' own "Caution Cone For Cuteness"! XD

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#18

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

iliketosneezee Report

Carrie de Luka
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's not even pretending to be preparing the otter for a life back in the wild.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

Blackpool Zoo Report

Fonda Gabriel
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's ok... You can suck your thumb if you want to...💝

View more comments
#20

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez Report

Pusfarm
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I fell in love with otters after seeing Ring of Bright Water as a kid many years ago.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

Xeqqy Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh, it's a wee thing...Nap well, little one.

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#22

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

IbonedYourMom Report

Jim Lamott
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You otter pile on, too, there's room at the top!.

View more comments
#24

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

Vancouver Aquarium Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the best selfie ever. I want to hug it so badly!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#26

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The poor little guy...Don't worry--you're in good hands.

View more comments
#29

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

seattleaquarium Report

OTTER
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Shhhhhh... this is the part when he kisses her

View more comments
#30

Cute-Baby-Sea-Otters

marine-world Report

Note: this post originally had 78 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

See Also on Bored Panda