California aquarium apologizes for controversial tweet about otter

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California aquarium apologizes for controversial tweet about otter. Alicia Vitarelli reports during Action News at 4 p.m. on December 21, 2018.

A California aquarium is apologizing after sending out a tweet about one of its otters that some are calling offensive.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium tweeted an unflattering picture of Abby, including a description of the otter calling her "thicc girl" and "absolute unit."

Some people took issue with the aquarium using the word "chonk" -- saying the post compared black women to animals.

The aquarium posted a four-part apology saying that using the terms in a sea otter meme "without that background makes insinuations we never intended."

They also added that Abby is looking "fit" for helping raise stranded sea otter pups.

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