Monterey Bay Aquarium Apologizes For Body-Shaming Otter

California's Monterey Bay Aquarium has apologized after some people perceived a tweet about a sea otter as body-shaming.

The aquarium on Tuesday tweeted a picture of Abby, an otter who helps train orphaned otters how to survive in the wild. The tweet featured social media words and phrases such as "thick," ''c h o n k" and "OH LAWD SHE COMIN" which are often used to describe someone who is overweight.

People took offense.

Monterey Bay Aquarium sea otter Abby. Photo via Facebook.

The aquarium on Wednesday tweeted a multipart apology that it called a "learning moment." It apologized and said it was unaware of the connotations associated with some of the memes.

The aquarium says "Abby is looking fit."

 

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