Whale Museum presents: Can otters save the world?

Submitted by The Whale Museum

On Aug. 6, Dr. Shawn Larson, curator of conservation research at the Seattle Aquarium and research curator for The Whale Museum, will discuss Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris, Conservation – Can They Save the World? This lecture will be held at The Whale Museum at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, as part of The Whale Museum’s Summer Lecture Series.

The sea otter, Enhydra lutris, may be one of the most widely studied and intensively managed marine mammals. Sea otters have drawn the attention and fascination of the general public since the earliest emergence of conservation and environmental awareness in our culture. The result has been intensive cultural and political interest in the status and preservation of sea otter populations. This presentation tells the sea otters’ conservation story from almost complete extirpation during the fur trade from the mid-1700s to the early 1900s to almost complete recovery today. Larson will explore the science behind sea otter conservation and management, highlighting lessons learned from this iconic and beloved species that may benefit other species and ecosystems. Can sea otters save the world? Some people think so, and after hearing how amazing this keystone species is, it’s up to you to decide. Larson launched the Seattle Aquarium conservation research program in 1995, and her research spans a variety of areas. As The Whale Museum’s research curator, Larson also focuses on Southern resident killer whale sightings data sets and vessel impacts.

“The Summer Lecture Series” is dedicated to providing our local community and visiting public with knowledge and wonder of the natural world. The lectures are given by local or visiting experts in their field and they share their recent research projects, stories and experiences. Each lecture is free and held at The Whale Museum. Donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, call 360-378-4710, ext. 30. The Whale Museum is located in Friday Harbor at 62 First St. N.

Founded in 1976, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales through education and research. The Whale Museum can be found online at www.whalemuseum.org.