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    Meet marine biologist Karl Mayer, the animal care coordinator for the Sea Otter Research and Conservation program (SORAC) at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, who had a very important role in the care of Otter 501. :: Otter 501: A webStory

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This mother sea otter has to supply enough milk to the pup. Mom has to eat for two. Let us know what you think about Otter 501: A webStory by completing our short survey at www.surveymonkey.....

Typically SORAC monitored 501, along with the other surrogate-reared sea otters in Elkhorn Slough, about once a week. Let us know what you think about Otter 501: A webStory by completing our short survey at www.surveymonkey.....

Otter 501 drinks her formula from a bottle. Let us know what you think about Otter 501: A webStory by completing our short survey at www.surveymonkey.....

This pup was the 501st live-stranded sea otter to enter the SORAC program since its inception in 1984. She was now officially called 501. Let us know what you think about Otter 501: A webStory by completing our short survey at www.surveymonkey.....

The sea otter’s lustrous coat is the softest and plushest of all mammals. This fur can contain over 1 million strands of hair per square inch. Let us know what you think about Otter 501: A webStory by completing our short survey at www.surveymonkey.....

Each time 501 came out of the water, the handlers carefully toweled her dry and then groomed her with a hairbrush, simulating what a mother would do in the wild. Let us know what you think about Otter 501: A webStory by completing our short survey at www.surveymonkey.....

Meet Katie Pofahl, costar of the film Otter 501, and the host of many of the videos you’ll see on Otter 501: A webStory. Let us know what you think about Otter 501: A webStory by completing our short survey at www.surveymonkey.....

Learn some cool otter facts by checking out Otter 501: A webStory. Then, let us know what you think by completing our short survey at www.surveymonkey.....

“After we pulled the pup, weighed her, and put her back in, Toola grabbed the pup and was swimming around with 501 on her chest,” recounted Mayer. Let us know what you think about Otter 501: A webStory by completing our short survey at www.surveymonkey.....

Necropsy (Knee-crop-see) "Delicate process where we transfer them into a box" Hits otter into box. Making observations to know what is normal and what is not normal is important. Volunteering and internship is the beset way to get exposure to a field or a job you may be interested in.

Sea Otters by Rob Kroenert, via Flickr