Great Lakes Aquarium

Otter Cove

The Great Lakes Aquarium’s Otter Cove is modeled after a place where otters live in the wild – the real Otter Cove found on the Eastern shore of Lake Superior in Canada’s Pukaskwa Provincial Park.

Our exhibit is home to two North American river otters named Agate and Ore.  During your visit, you may see these playful otters belly flopping off the rocks, swimming, or hunting and eating their afternoon snacks. These behaviors, while fun, are actually needed to sharpen reflexes and improve hunting abilities.

Anang, the 17-year-old longtime resident river otter at Great Lakes Aquarium recently retired.  Orphaned when too young to survive in the wild on her own, she has spent most of her life serving as our otter ambassador.  Anang will live the remainder of her years in a quiet “residence” off exhibit at the Aquarium.  She remains happy and healthy.

Animals you will find in this exhibit:

Exhibit Gallery

Upcoming Events

Sep 26 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Learn what it takes to be an otter as animal care staff feed Agate and Ore, the resident North American river otters. Then, watch them play and explore as they engage with their unique daily enrichment!
Learn more about this incredibly intelligent bird as he solves puzzles and engages with interactive enrichment!
Sep 27 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Learn what it takes to be an otter as animal care staff feed Agate and Ore, the resident North American river otters. Then, watch them play and explore as they engage with their unique daily enrichment!