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The High Cost of a Mother’s Love
How much energy does it take a mother sea otter to care for her pup? Quite a lot, it turns out. So much, that the effort of being a mom can put her own life at risk.
That’s the conclusion of a long-term research study just published by scientists from the University of California, Santa Cruz; and the Aquarium. It’s based on extensive observations of tagged sea otters in the wild, and others we rescued and raised through our Sea Otter Research and Conservation program.
It’s another vital piece of information about the lives of sea otters—data that’s critical to the recovery of California’s threatened sea otter population.
Learn more about the latest sea otter research.
Learn how you can support our sea otter work.

The High Cost of a Mother’s Love

How much energy does it take a mother sea otter to care for her pup? Quite a lot, it turns out. So much, that the effort of being a mom can put her own life at risk.

That’s the conclusion of a long-term research study just published by scientists from the University of California, Santa Cruz; and the Aquarium. It’s based on extensive observations of tagged sea otters in the wild, and others we rescued and raised through our Sea Otter Research and Conservation program.

It’s another vital piece of information about the lives of sea otters—data that’s critical to the recovery of California’s threatened sea otter population.

Learn more about the latest sea otter research.

Learn how you can support our sea otter work.

From the Arctic to The White House to the Aquarium: Welcome Dr. Brendan Kelly!
Dr. Brendan P. Kelly is joining the Monterey Bay Aquarium team as director of conservation research and chief scientist after leaving his current position as assistant director for polar sciences in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
As our chief scientist, Dr. Kelly will head up our science programs and partnerships, including conservation research initiatives focused on sea otters, great white sharks, Pacific bluefin tuna, and other iconic California Current species and ecosystems.
Arctic expertise
During his ringed seal research on the Arctic sea ice (pictured above), his Labrador retrievers weren’t just along for the ride. He’s trained them to locate the breathing holes and birth lairs maintained by the seals and hidden beneath the snow.
Dr. Kelly’s served as deputy director of the Arctic division of the National Science Foundation, and as a research scientist at NOAA’s National Marine Mammal Laboratory. His expertise includes leading multi-institutional collaborations within and outside of government to address key environmental issues—and especially the impacts of global climate change on ecosystems and people. In Alaska, he worked with the indigenous peoples to better understand the effects environmental change is having on their communities, and to bring that story to a wider audience.
Monterey and UCSC roots
Dr. Kelly’s career began in the Monterey region, where he graduated in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He went on to earn his master’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and his Ph.D. at Purdue University.
We’re pleased he’ll be joining us and look forward to him taking our efforts to ensure a future with healthy oceans to a new level!

From the Arctic to The White House to the Aquarium: Welcome Dr. Brendan Kelly!

Dr. Brendan P. Kelly is joining the Monterey Bay Aquarium team as director of conservation research and chief scientist after leaving his current position as assistant director for polar sciences in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

As our chief scientist, Dr. Kelly will head up our science programs and partnerships, including conservation research initiatives focused on sea otters, great white sharks, Pacific bluefin tuna, and other iconic California Current species and ecosystems.

Arctic expertise

During his ringed seal research on the Arctic sea ice (pictured above), his Labrador retrievers weren’t just along for the ride. He’s trained them to locate the breathing holes and birth lairs maintained by the seals and hidden beneath the snow.

Dr. Kelly’s served as deputy director of the Arctic division of the National Science Foundation, and as a research scientist at NOAA’s National Marine Mammal Laboratory. His expertise includes leading multi-institutional collaborations within and outside of government to address key environmental issues—and especially the impacts of global climate change on ecosystems and people. In Alaska, he worked with the indigenous peoples to better understand the effects environmental change is having on their communities, and to bring that story to a wider audience.

Monterey and UCSC roots

Dr. Kelly’s career began in the Monterey region, where he graduated in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He went on to earn his master’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and his Ph.D. at Purdue University.

We’re pleased he’ll be joining us and look forward to him taking our efforts to ensure a future with healthy oceans to a new level!




About me

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day.

For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules and tickets are available on our website or by calling
(831) 648-4800.