MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) – Stormy sea conditions likely drove a sea otter to seek shelter and give birth on a rock at the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Great Tide Pool.

Aquarium staff and visitors observed the birth of the sea otter pup Saturday afternoon.

Aquarium spokesman Ken Peterson says it’s the second time since December that a wild sea otter has used the tide pool as a birthing center.

Once hunted to near extinction, sea otters are rebounding. Peterson said the pup’s birth is a sign of the furry sea creature’s recovery.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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