Otter 501 is premiering Friday, May 18 at 5pm at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle. Additional showings will be on Saturday, May 19 at 3pm and 5pm, Sunday, May 20 at 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm.
This film tells the true story of Otter 501, a sea otter pup who was separated from her mother at a week old and became part of a groundbreaking surrogate program where she was cared for by humans. The pup was then introduced to an adoptive sea otter mother who, in turn, raised her for months so she could develop the necessary skills to survive back in the wild. Otter 501 was the last of 12 otter pups raised by surrogate otter mom, Toola, as part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program.
Today, Otter 501 is enjoying her life in the wild and is doing very well. She will soon be celebrating her second birthday!