The Pacific Nearshore Project


Sea Otter

On August 6 – August 9, 2011 our Interpretation Coordinator, Darcie Larson had the opportunity to collaborate with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Monterey Bay Aquarium and other key partners to study the health of local sea otters as part of the Pacific Nearshore Project. The Pacific Nearshore Project uses local sea otters to help determine the condition of Washington’s nearshore ecosystem. To do this, biologists will temporarily capture and release sea otters for physical exams, biopsies and blood tests, observing feeding behavior, and collecting samples from fish and other species that hold clues to ecological health.

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During this expedition, Darcie recorded her experiences in a field journal and you can read her entries by clicking on the links below.

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