Homer, believed to be last sea otter survivor of Exxon Valdez spill, dies at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
The last remaining sea otter known to have survived the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska was euthanized at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Monday.
Homer, believed to be 25, went on to live an unusually long life after the Valdez disaster. A sea otter’s lifespan is 15 to 25 years.
Homer was named for the city in Alaska where she was found. She came to Tacoma not long after the oil spill, and was one of about three dozen sea otters that were rescued and placed in zoos and aquariums.