LONG BEACH, Calif. -- A local sea otter is celebrating his birthday by breaking a record.
At age 22, Charlie is the oldest southern sea otter in an aquarium or zoo.
That's nearly double the average life span of a wild sea otter.
Charlie has lived at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach ever since it opened - after being orphaned as a pup during the El Niño storms of 1997.
Experts say he would not have survived in the wild on his own.
Long Beach aquarium otter breaks record in celebrating 22nd birthday