Don't Sleep Through Sea Otter Awareness Week!
It’s true! It is indeed the first day of Sea Otter Awareness Week 2019! SOAW is an annual event historically coordinated by Friends of the Sea Otter, a non-profit advocacy group working to protect sea otters:
Sea Otter Awareness Week falls on the last week in September and is an annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem. Each year, zoos, aquariums, natural history museums, marine institutions, filmmakers, researchers, academics, educators, and the public participate in various events and activities highlighting sea otters and their natural history and the various conservation issues sea otters are faced with.
Events are being held along the west coast of North America, from San Diego to Vancouver - Defenders of Wildlife has compiled a list here. If you’re not on the west coast, check with your local aquarium for Sea Otter Awareness Week events near you!
Photo by Loren Chipman