Sea otter http://www.kplu.org en Researchers: We Shared The Flu Virus With Olympic Peninsula Sea Otters http://www.kplu.org/post/researchers-we-shared-flu-virus-olympic-peninsula-sea-otters <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143889037&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Humans are particularly generous with the flu,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">otter-wrangling scientists have found. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People shared the 2009 swine flu epidemic with ferrets, dogs, cats, raccoons and pigs, and new research shows even wild sea otters in Washington state got hit.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"These otters, which we think were living in a relatively pristine environment off the Olympic Peninsula, were exposed to pathogens that are more commonly associated with people," said&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Virologist Hon&nbsp;Ip&nbsp;with the U.S. Geological Survey, who co-authored <a href="http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/20/5/13-1890_article.htm">the&nbsp;study</a> published in the May 2014 issue of “Emerging Infectious Diseases.”</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:40:04 +0000 Rae Ellen Bichell 15805 at http://www.kplu.org Researchers: We Shared The Flu Virus With Olympic Peninsula Sea Otters Geriatric sea otter takes it to the hoop at Oregon Zoo http://www.kplu.org/post/geriatric-sea-otter-takes-it-hoop-oregon-zoo <p>Nothing but net? No problem for one sporty sea otter at the Oregon Zoo.</p><p>Eddie the otter has been trained to dunk a basketball through a small plastic hoop. It's an exercise a veterinarian recommended for his arthritic elbows.</p><p>http://youtu.be/cJTRCtwf_X0</p><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:47:35 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU 7870 at http://www.kplu.org Geriatric sea otter takes it to the hoop at Oregon Zoo Name that baby sea otter at Seattle Aquarium http://www.kplu.org/post/name-baby-sea-otter-seattle-aquarium <p><span class="SurveyTitle" id="PC6709_lbTitle">Seattle Aquarium has started its<a href="http://www.seattleaquarium.org/page.aspx?pid=1188"> sea otter naming contest</a>. </span></p><p>Jump over to the site linked above and vote on one of these names: Willapa, Shi Shi, Elwha, Sequim, Seiku.</p><p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 17:24:50 +0000 Jake Ellison 4075 at http://www.kplu.org Name that baby sea otter at Seattle Aquarium Names for Seattle's baby sea otter will be up for voting next week http://www.kplu.org/post/names-seattles-baby-sea-otter-will-be-voting-next-week <p>With an overabundance of cute and a giant fan club already, the baby female sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium will be named possibly on Feb. 27, said Tim Kuniholm, a spokesman for the Seattle Aquarium.</p><p>The aquarium will post a range of names on its Website either next Monday or Tuesday and throw open the voting. The baby&rsquo;s potential names will be a Native Alaskan place name or name from an Alaskan indigenous language, Kuniholm said.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:33:37 +0000 KPLU News Staff 3972 at http://www.kplu.org Names for Seattle's baby sea otter will be up for voting next week The cutest thing: Sea otter born at Seattle Aquarium http://www.kplu.org/post/cutest-thing-sea-otter-born-seattle-aquarium <p>Press release:</p><p>The Seattle Aquarium announced today the birth of a new sea otter pup at its facility on Pier 59 in Seattle. The young otter was born today just before 5:00 a.m.&nbsp;to the mother otter Aniak&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;who herself was born at Seattle Aquarium in 2002.</p><p> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 21:22:18 +0000 Jake Ellison 3732 at http://www.kplu.org The cutest thing: Sea otter born at Seattle Aquarium