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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. Let us know what you think about Otter 501: A webStory by completing our short survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LF9DGTM.

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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LF9DGTM.

What do YOU think about Otter 501: A webStory? Let us know by completing our short survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LF9DGTM!

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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LF9DGTM.

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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LF9DGTM.

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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LF9DGTM.

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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LF9DGTM.

As shown in this photo of a rescue by Karl Mayer from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, only those with the proper qualifications can legally handle marine mammals. Let us know what you think about Otter 501: A webStory by completing our short survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LF9DGTM

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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LF9DGTM.

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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LF9DGTM.

Sea otter biologists don’t all do the same job. Colleen Young, a sea otter biologist with the California Department of Fish & Game, explains what her job is, working to uncover the causes of sea otter deaths. Warning: this video has some graphic content. Let us know what you think about Otter 501: A webStory by completing our short survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LF9DGTM.

Lazy Sea Otter

Lazy Sea Otter
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Lazy Sea Otter

Look at this smart otter! Sea otters usually sleep in the water, anchored by each other, or water plants. Lazy Sea Otter

At the California Department of Fish & Game’s Wildlife Veterinarian Lab in Santa Cruz, a team of scientists performs necropsies (animal autopsies) on sea otters to find out what is killing this threatened species. Warning: this video has some graphic content. Let us know what you think about Otter 501: A webStory by completing our short survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LF9DGTM.