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A UK's first - Sea Otters!

Find out about their journey to Birmingham

A UK's first - Sea Otters!

In a UK first, two rescued Alaskan sea otters have become residents in our brand new £multi-million marine rescue facility as part of a pioneering education and conservation project.


After their epic journey from Alaska to Birmingham, the pair have been settling into their new home under the watchful eye of our Otter Care Team. After their time in quarantine, this cuddly pair are now ready to meet the public!


These endearing creatures are an important poster boy species for conservation and the escalating climate crisis. The hope is for the pair to become ambassadors for not only their species but also their wild cousins. We'll be showing guests how we can all contribute to conserving their environment - one paw at a time.

Their journey

Following a two-and-a-half-year gruelling guardianship application, the financing of care and major investment in a brand new purpose-built facility over in the United Kingdom to meet strict animal welfare requirements, the United States Fishing & Wildlife Service (USFWS) have granted a permit and SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham will be welcoming the very first pair of sea otters to the UK in 2020.

Keep in the know!

Keep in touch with our social pages and website for the official annoucements so you can be the first to meet this cuddly pair.

Otterly cute facts

Did you know that sea otters have the densest fur of all animals and eat up to 30% of their body weight every day!


Covid-19 Update
We are so excited to welcome you back to our magical underwater world! Please remember it is now essential for all guests to pre-book a time slot for your visit, including for annual passes, flexi tickets and all promotional vouchers - All visits can be booked or reserved here.

To ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff, we would ask that if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, or are living in an area currently subject to extended lockdown measures, you can rearrange your visit by contacting us directly at slcbirmingham@merlinentertainments.biz. To find out about the health and safety measures in place to ensure we re-open safely, please click here.
For further re-opening information, please click here.