Otter Creek

Two North American River Otters, Merlin, Arthur and Fisher live here. This aquatic exhibit mimics a Texas river bed, the natural habitat of these highly intelligent mammals.

With realistic plants and scenery, several swimming areas, and even a slide, these otters have every opportunity to get wet and wild. These marine mammals can be seen from multiple perspectives, whether performing their graceful underwater maneuvers or just napping in the sun after a long swim.

During our daily presentations, we show how our trainers interact with our otters and provide them with enrichment to keep them physically and psychologically healthy. Devices like puzzles, palm fronds, coconuts, and Frisbees encourage the otters’ natural behaviors and give Merlin, Arthurs, and Fisher a chance to explore their environment, solve problems, and make decisions. This enrichment is vital to engage these smart and active otters both mentally and physically.

  • Our Otters

    Merlin

    Merlin, Otter Creek’s male otter, was born in 2004 (estimated). He arrived in 2006 from the Louisiana Zoo. He enjoyed swimming and relaxing, and is can be identified by his darker chin and throat coloring, his larger size, and his “milk mustache” coloring on his mouth.

    Arthur

    Arthur was found orphaned, weak, and dehydrated on the side of a road in Austin, TX. After several weeks of round-the-clock care by the Aquarium’s marine mammal and veterinary teams, this little guy regained enough strength to begin eating on his own and quickly became much more active and alert! Because of his very young age, Arthur has been deemed non-releasable and became part of our family here at TSA.

    Arthur is currently learning a variety of different behaviors with a focus on husbandry or medical behaviors. He weighs a whopping 5.0 kg and recently participated in his first two voluntary injections! Arthur is currently spending his time on exhibit at Otter Creek during the day, hanging out with his buddy Fisher and playing with shells and rocks.
     
    Fisher
    When the Wildlife Rescue team rescued Arthur back in April, we discussed how vital companionship would be to Arthur’s development. Although Otter Creek’s longtime resident, Merlin, is still around, his age did not make him the best candidate to keep up with an energetic, young otter pup. Thus, the Aquarium started reaching out to other animal rescue programs in the state to see if it could find a young rescue otter that was unable to be released into the wild. After weeks of searching, the Aquarium finally found Fisher!
     
    A fisherman and his dog discovered Fisher in the woods in Tyler, Texas. Fisher had significant puncture wounds. The fisherman took the pup to a wildlife rescue rehab facility that, along with a local veterinary team, cared for Fisher for several months until his wounds healed. On June 10, the Aquarium’s Wildlife Rescue and Marine Mammal teams picked up Fisher and brought him to Corpus Christi. Fisher was approximately 10 weeks old at the time. Fisher is currently spending his time on exhibit at Otter Creek during the day, hanging out with his buddy Arthur and playing with shells and rocks.
     
    The Aquarium’s senior otter, Merlin, currently lives with the two youngsters “behind the scenes” and will be on a rotation schedule with the pups in Otter Creek. While the young otters go out to play, Merlin gets to rest and enjoy some peace and quiet. 😴
     

Animals in this Exhibit

  • North American River Otter


    These highly-intelligent mammals live around rivers, canals, lakes, marshes, and bays, where they build their lives around water.