NATURE: Saving Otter 501

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 8:00pm

Toola the southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis), acting as a surrogate mom to orphaned SORAC pup #327. Monterey, CA.

Credit: Courtesy of Randy Wilder / Monterey Bay Aquarium

Witness the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save a stranded orphan otter. 

This is the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save a stranded orphan otter. From her discovery as a newborn pup crying on the beach, through her rehabilitation in secret roof tanks atop the Monterey Bay Aquarium, follow Otter 501 as she learns how to survive in the wild. Watch as she is introduced to her surrogate mother — a method invented by marine biologist Karl Mayer and his team in 2005 — and follow as she struggles to learn how to dive, hunt, eat, and fend for herself in an artificial environment meant to mimic the “real world.” NATURE: Saving Otter 501 airs Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

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