Seaotters.com 2012 Year in Review

Raft of sea otters, Monterey Bay, CA

Raft of sea otters, Monterey Bay, CA

February 21
On Sea Otters, We Need to See the Big Picture (LATimes op-ed by Dr. James A. Estes)
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/21/opinion/la-oe-estes-otters-20120221

 

March 3
Toola, the first otter ever to serve as a surrogate mother for stranded pups and arguably the most important animal in the 28-year history of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation (SORAC) program, dies at the age of 16.
http://montereybayaquarium.tumblr.com/post/18684953434/toola-the-most-important-animal-in-the-history

 

March 24
Seaotters.com launches on the 23 year anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill
https://seaotters.com/2012/03/24/exxon-valdez-oil-spill-welcome/

 

March 24
A Troubling Trend: An Increase in Sea Otter Mortality from White Sharks in California
https://seaotters.com/2012/03/24/sea-otter-mortality-from-white-sharks-in-california/

 

May 16
Study: Washing Oiled Sea Otters
https://seaotters.com/2012/05/16/washing-oiled-sea-otters/

 

June 18
Sea Otter Mortality: Learning to Read Between the Lines
https://seaotters.com/2012/06/18/sea-otter-mortality-learning-to-read-between-the-lines/

 

June 20
California Coastal Commission Gives Green Light to End the ‘No-Otter’ Zone
https://seaotters.com/2012/06/20/california-coastal-commission-gives-green-light-to-end-the-no-otter-zone/

 

June 29
California Sea Otters are More Than Endearing Coastal Icons (op-ed by Jean-Michel Cousteau)
https://seaotters.com/2012/06/29/california-sea-otters-are-more-than-endearing-coastal-icons/

 

July 2
Interactive: Sea Otters — Furry on the Outside, Beautiful on the Inside!
https://seaotters.com/2012/07/02/sea-otters-furry-on-the-outside-beautiful-on-the-inside/

 

July 23
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Center opens in Santa Cruz, CA
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_21139517/monterey-bay-national-marine-sanctuary-exploration-center-education

 

August 1
Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Super Mom” Sea Otter, Joy Dies
http://montereybayaquarium.tumblr.com/post/28557697559/super-mom-sea-otter-joy-dies-the-aquarium-is

 

August 1
Exxon Valdez will be dismantled for scrap
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/08/exxon-valdez-scrapped-india-court-ruling.html

 

August 21
The 2012 California Sea Otter Survey is released.
https://seaotters.com/2012/08/21/california-sea-otter-surveys-every-otter-counts/

 

September 7
Study: Thanks to Sea Otters, Kelp Forests Absorb Vast Amounts of CO2
https://seaotters.com/2012/09/07/thanks-to-sea-otters-kelp-forests-absorb-vast-amounts-of-co2/

 

September 11
Otter Pup Is First in California Born to Previously Oiled Sea Otter
https://seaotters.com/2012/09/11/otter-pup-is-first-in-california-born-to-previously-oiled-sea-otter/

 

September 18
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Celebrates 20 Years of Ocean Protection
https://seaotters.com/2012/09/18/monterey-bay-national-marine-sanctuary-celebrating-20-years-of-ocean-protection/

 

September 23-29
Sea Otter Awareness Week
http://www.seaotterweek.org/

 

September 28
Seaotters.com releases never before seen footage of an underwater hearing test with a southern sea otter.
https://seaotters.com/2012/09/28/sea-otters-and-sound/

 

October 9
Kenai, Shedd Aquarium’s last surviving sea otter from the Exxon Valdez oil spill dies at the age of 23.
http://interactive.sheddaquarium.org/2012/10/in-loving-memory-of-sea-otter-kenai.html

 

October 17
Alaska SeaLife Center rescues one very cute sea otter pup
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151092221666471&set=a.116152866470.111976.98827926470&type=1&theater

 

October 18
40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-h-gleick/celebrating-the-clean-wat_b_1981743.html

 

October 21
40th Anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/laws/mmpa/

 

October 23
NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program marks 40th anniversary
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/weeklynews/oct12/onms40.html

 

October 29
Hurricane Sandy Floods New York Aquarium
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/nyregion/hurricane-filled-new-york-aquarium-with-dangerous-substance-water.html

 

November 2
Elkhorn Slough Foundation celebrates 30th Anniversary
http://www.elkhornslough.org/30years/

 

November 14
California Coastal Commission unanimously votes to deny PG&E’s permission to conduct seismic testing off California coast.
https://seaotters.com/2012/10/15/diablo-canyon-power-plant-seismic-survey/

 

November 17
Mae, First Otter to Raise a Pup on Exhibit, Dies
http://montereybayaquarium.tumblr.com/post/36080292879/mae-first-otter-to-raise-a-pup-on-exhibit-dies

 

December 18
U.S. scraps ‘No-Otter’ Zone in Southern California waters
https://seaotters.com/2012/12/18/the-no-otter-zone-is-no-more/

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