Southern Sea Otters: Aquarium of the Pacific and Beyond
Featuring speakers Brett Long, Curator of Mammals and Birds and Megan Smylie, Sea Otter Program Manager.
Southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris), are a charismatic species that have the ability to transform and protect entire ecosystems, while indirectly helping to reduce atmospheric carbon.
The Aquarium of the Pacific has been home to southern sea otters since its inception in 1998. In February 2020, the Aquarium was given an incredible opportunity to partner with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Surrogacy Program. The goal of this collaboration is to provide a greater positive impact on the wild populations of these keystone species.
Join us to learn about the past, present and future of California sea otters and The Aquarium of the Pacific’s sea otter surrogacy program.
This presentation with Q&A will take place in the Aquarium’s Honda Pacific Visions Theater. Following their talk, there will be cocktails and other beverages available, with music and crafts in the Pacific Visions Art Gallery, where guests can mix and mingle and partake in Paint-a-Fish.
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s First Wednesdays Winter-Spring Season Series 2023 focuses on animals, nature and conservation efforts. The events bring scientists, authors, and other experts into its Honda Pacific Visions Theater for an illustrated talk paired with book signings or meet and greets and cocktail/social hours with music and crafts. The programs are best suited for high school and college students and adults of all ages. Presentations are also live streamed.
February 1, 2023
7:00–9:00 pm PT
About Our Speakers
Brett Long, Curator of Mammals and Birds
Brett has over 25 years of experience working with sea otters in a variety of settings including projects studying foraging and feeding ecology to rehabilitation and public display. He currently serves as the Sea Otter Program Coordinator for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is working with the AZA community to expand on the number of facilities working with sea otters.
Megan Smylie, Sea Otter Program Manager
Megan has over a decade of experience working with marine mammals. Her role is to manage and support the Sea Otter Surrogacy partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium, including management of the Southern Sea Otters and their exhibits. Megan is passionate about the recovery of this species and what that represents to local ecosystems.