Aquarium apologizes for tweets calling sea otter 'thicc girl' and 'c h o n k'


    This photo provided by Monterey Bay Aquarium shows Abby the Sea Otter at Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif. (Monterey Bay Aquarium via AP)

    MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — 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.

    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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