California aquarium welcomes adorable new sea otter

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MONTEREY BAY, Calif. — More than three weeks after a baby sea otter was born at a California aquarium, a video of the bundle of joy has surfaced and is now trending on social media.

The video, which has been shared more than 14,000 times, shows a baby sea otter sleeping on its mother while in the water.

You can see the mother otter trying to help her baby stay warm and above the water while the baby sea otter tries to lay on its mother’s belly.

Employees at the Monterey Bay Aquarium captured this video and shared it online.

Experts say sea otters were once hunted to the point of extinction but now there are more than 3,000 sea otters in Monterey Bay.

According to the Marine Mammal Center, sea otters pregnancies last four to five months  and can be born at any time of the year. In California, most otters are born between January and March.

Newborn sea otters typically weigh between three to five pounds at birth.