Countdown to Sea Otter Awareness Week – Sept 22-28

Sea otter pup asleep on mom

Sea otter pup asleep on mom.

Sea Otter Awareness Week is right around the corner!  With fun, family-friendly events happening all over town, this is a great way for you and your family to spend your time!  Whether you enjoy kayaking in the slough or eating breakfast with sea otters, there’s something fun for everyone!  Come with us to celebrate the survival of sea otters by attending our free public talks, where you can hear researchers talk about current sea otter studies!


Event 1

What: “The return of sea otters to Elkhorn Slough: What they have taught us and what we hope to learn”. Ron Eby and Robert Scoles, Research Volunteers of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.
When: Monday, September 23rd at 7:00pm
Where: CSUMB University Center, Living Room, 6th Ave and B Street


Event 2

What: “Sea Otters: Sassy Sentinels or Vivacious Victims?” presented by Dr. Woutrina Miller DVM, U.C. Davis
When: Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00pm
Where: Monterey Bay Aquarium Auditorium


Event 3

What: “What makes a sexy otter? An investigation of male territories as a means of obtaining mates” presented by Max Tarjan, PhD Student U.C. Santa Cruz
When: Thursday, September 26th at 7:00pm
Where: Seymour Center, La Feliz Room, Long Marine Laboratory, Santa Cruz


Event 4

What: “Status and conservation of the California sea otter – past, present and future” presented by Dr. Jim Estes, leading sea otter expert of the world, as part of the Friends of the Sea Otter Annual Meeting.
When: Friday, September 27th at 7:00pm
Where: Monterey Bay Aquarium Auditorium


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About is dedicated to raising awareness about California's threatened sea otters and the role research plays in the species recovery and conservation. It's a collaboration of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Davis, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, among others. is also home of the world's first HD live stream of southern sea otters in the wild.