Join the Seattle Aquarium for Sea Otter Awareness Weekends on September 21–22 and 28–29. Along with games, activities and demonstrations, we’ll also feature local experts who will share insights, information and updates about sea otters.
Meet us at the sea otter exhibit at 11:30am on the following dates to hear our invited experts speak.
You can also meet them immediately before and after their talks in the Aquarium’s Puget Sound Hall.
September 21: Glenn VanBlaricom, Professor, University of Washington
Sept 22: James Bodkin, Research Wildlife Biologist
For 35 years Jim Bodkin conducted and directed research on sea otters from California to Russia, for the US Department of Interior. He worked on research questions related to the abundance of sea otters and their role in nearshore marine ecosystems. He has been working on the effects of oil spills on sea otters since 1989 when the Exxon Valdez tanker went aground in Alaska. In 2012 Jim retired from his position as leader for sea otter research in Alaska but retains a scientist emeritus position with the Alaska Science Center and continues to work in sea otter science and conservation.
Sept 28: Deanna Lynch, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Deanna is the lead biologist for the Washington northern sea otter population. As the species lead, she facilitates the application of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, including the annual population surveys, health assessments and stranding responses, and assessment of fisheries interactions.
Sept 29: Ed Bowlby, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)