LONG BEACH, California -- A California 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.
The average lifespan of a wild sea otter is 10-15 years.
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 said he would not have survived in the wild on his own.
California otter breaks record, celebrates 22nd birthday