Monterey Bay Aquarium apologises for 'fat-shaming' an otter

Oyin Balogun
Dec 24, 2018
09:34 P.M.
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California Based Aquarium suffered a Twitter outrage for Calling their Sea Otter 'Thicc'


The Monterey Bay Aquarium posted a picture of their 11-year-old resident sea Otter, Abby, by the poolside on their Twitter account. The adorable picture was captioned by an employee of the aquarium; although, the good people of Twitter weren't happy with the caption.

The caption read:

"Abby is a thicc girl, What an absolute unit, She Chonk, Look at the size of this lady OH LAWD SHE COMIN, Another Internetism!"


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The post was majorly criticized for being insensitive, and the tweet was culturally appropriated by aligning the bodies of black women with the bodies of animals.


However, some Twitter users found the caption funny:


Although the photogenic Abby appeared to be overweight, The Aquarium Curator of Mammals, Christine DeAngelo later clarified that the otter is actually a healthy 46 lbs and looked blubbery because of the unflattering angle the picture was taken.

Furthermore, the aquarium issued an apology one day later in a four-message thread.


The Monterey Bay still had to work on its image after the apology has many critics still weren’t pleased with its use of words.

The Sea Otter Abby was taken in and raised at SeaWorld and is expecting to cater for its sixth pub arriving in January. Monterey Bay Aquarium apologises for 'fat-shaming' an otter

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