Saving Otter 501
1 x 60'
A baby sea otter washes up on a beach in California. It’s a tragic event, but also tragically common. For decades, marine biologist Karl Mayer and his small staff have worked to bring this keystone species back so it can play its important role in the local marine environment. But the effort has stalled, and no one knows why.
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, through her rehabilitation in secret roof tanks atop the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we follow as Otter 501 learns how to survive in the wild. But the film asks the wider question: do we have a responsibility to save species that hover on the edge? Are our actions the cause of the illnesses sweeping through the sea otter population? And since we simply can’t return the world to its pristine pre-human form, are preservation efforts like this doomed to fail?
Sea Studios Foundation