- Dec 21, 2020
Ran across this story and had a good laugh: How Vancouver Aquarium otters took over a Twitch channel featuring video gamers live streaming from hot tubs
What does all this have to do with otters?If you head to the Twitch landing page for the Pools, Hot Tubs and Beaches category, you'll see — between videos of gamers in tubs — a live stream dedicated to the sea otters from the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.
The Marine Mammal Rescue channel is the second-most popular stream in the category at the time of publishing, with the live stream saying viewers can check out the "#1 cold tub" stream of otters with the "thiccest fur."
Rachel Nelson, a sea otter trainer at the Vancouver Aquarium, says the channel averages around 3,000 viewers at any given time who can watch the otters play, feed and even go through training 24/7. "I think there's something very soothing about tuning in and seeing some fluffy, baby otters hanging out," she said.
Nelson said volunteers with Marine Mammal Rescue thought to use Twitch because of its easy-to-use chat feature that allows watchers to submit questions that can be answered by trainers in real time.
She said Twitch's creation of the Pools, Hot Tubs and Beaches category only propelled the otters to more fame.