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What’s the most entertaining thing you’ve ever seen our sea otters do on exhibit? Ivy, our youngest otter, likes to play with her food, and her antics have earned her the nickname, “Wild Child.” We found her stranded as a pup in 2011.
©Michael Yang Photography
Did you miss “Saving Otter 501”, the remarkable story of a stranded three-day-old otter pup rescued by the Aquarium? It’s being rebroadcast on KQED Dec. 4-6.
Against all odds, will this tiny otter be able to return to her home in the wild? Find out!
Did you see #Otter501 on PBS last week? If so, then you know how much work it takes to save sea otters. Fortunately, you can help! Late CA tax filers can still check the box to donate to the sea otter fund. The project has raised 98% of its goal—just a few thousand more dollars to go!
Life is comfortable for #Otter501 now, but what does the future hold? Find out when PBS airs the amazing story of this rescued pup Wednesday night, Oct. 16!
Is this the ultimate example of tough love? Otter rescuer Karl Mayer wears a disguise to prevent pup 501 from getting attached to him. This helps ensure the pup will survive on its own in the wild. Watch the amazing story of #Otter501 on PBS this Wednesday!
The Aquarium’s groundbreaking sea otter program will be featured on PBS “Nature” October 16 at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings). Follow the remarkable journey of #Otter501 from her rescue as a stranded three-day old pup to her release. Against all odds, will she be able to survive and thrive in the wild?
How do you care for, tag and study “feisty” sea otters in nearby Elkhorn Slough? Watch our own Dr. Mike Murray at work in this fascinating portrait in the “Santa Cruz Sentinel.” (Dan Coyro/Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Who is that masked man, and why is he dressed like that?
Answer: Our otter care staff wear disguises to prevent young otters from bonding with their caregivers, facilitating their eventual release to the wild.
The Aquarium Gets Awards for Sea Otter Conservation and Teen Programs
We’re flattered! The Aquarium earned two awards at this week’s annual meeting of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. These include a North American Conservation Award for our sea otter conservation program, as well as an achievement award for our Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats (WATCH) program, which recognizes “the most significant innovative, productive, far-reaching, program to promote diversity.”
The Aquarium is the only institution in the country that routinely rescues and cares for stranded, ill or injured southern sea otters with the goal of release back to the wild. For the past 30 years, the sea otter program has played a key role in research and recovery efforts for this iconic marine mammal. It works to ensure their continued survival and recovery through rescue, rehabilitation and release of sea otter pups and adults; collaborative scientific research on the myriad threats that have slowed their recovery; and advocacy for policies that will support population recovery. Learn more.
WATCH is a community-based program offered to students enrolled in Pajaro Valley High School and Watsonville High School in Santa Cruz County. The year-long program begins in summer and extends throughout the school year, providing students with an opportunity to engage in an in-depth exploration of ecosystems in their community. WATCH integrates academic learning, youth development and community-based conservation projects in a way that connects students with their community and the oceans. Students earn community service hours needed for graduation and are eligible for college scholarships from the Aquarium. Learn more.