Sea Otter Awareness Week
September 19 - 25, 2021
Annually, throughout the last week of September, we celebrate sea otters during Sea Otter Awareness Week. We encourage zoological and educational institutions, governmental agencies and communities to plan and undertake events that highlight sea otters. These activities include sharing stories, disseminating science and generating media that inspire a deeper awareness of these unique marine mammals, their ecological importance and the many challenges they face.
This year’s theme follows the idea of the sea otter’s ecosystem as a mosaic in which the removal of key elements or damage to the system’s structure renders the ecological picture incomplete.
This week is organized and sponsored by Defenders of Wildlife, Sea Otter Savvy and California Department of Parks and Recreation.
2020 - Bridging the Gaps
Events Calendar - Stay Tuned for 2021 Events, Coming Soon!
Lunch with a Sea Otter
When: September 21, 2020 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT
Host: Lawrence Hall of Science
Tune in to the Lawrence Hall of Science’s livestream via Youtube and Facebook to see the wild sea otters of Morro Bay and build a sea otter with guidance from a Sea Otter Savvy biologist and a Morro Bay State Parks interpreter.
NightSchool Series: “Sea Otters & the Bay”
When: September 24, 2020 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm PDT
Host: California Academy of Sciences
This NightSchool event features your favorite fluffy-furred tool-using, urchin-eating marine mammal endemic to the Pacific Coast. Peek into the Academy’s Mammalogy collections and learn how researchers use scientific collections to study sea otters with collections manager Moe Flannery. Learn about the history, biology, behavior and ecology of the southern sea otter in California and its possible return to the Bay Area with Sea Otter Savvy advisors Lilian Carswell (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and Andy Johnson (Defenders of Wildlife).
All Week, Check Out These Sea Otter Cams!
Elkhorn Slough: Otter cams
Georgia Aquarium: Sea otter cam
Moss Landing: Sea otter cam
Oregon Coast Aquarium: Otter cam
Seattle Aquarium: Otter cams