01/03/12 - 8:31am
In only the fourth sea otter release in the Alaska SeaLife Center's history, officials with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network released a mature male otter off the end of the Homer Spit on Monday morning.
Once let out of his pen, Corky, estimated to be between 7- and 9-months old, quickly walked down the icy beach and dove into the water near the Homer Pioneer Dock. He swam around icebergs floating off the beach and checked out several other otters in the area.
"It's going to be an amazing case," said Tim Lebling, director of the stranding network.