I N  T I M E  F O R  T A Z O

Sea Otter Awareness Week seems a good time to get out Tazo, the northern sea otter’s, baby pictures. Tazo was orphaned from his mother during a storm at a very young age and found his new home at the New York Aquarium (NYA) via the Alaska Sea Life Center in 2010. Tazo was nursed back to health by surrogate keeper moms at NYA.

Part of my job is to photograph the births and lives of our wildlife. I took this photo of Tazo when he was a curious pup just a few months old. I hope that bringing out this adorable image from the archives will help the otter cause—one that has been clouded by climate change.

The New York Times made time for Tazo this week, too.

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Sources: New York Aquarium, New York Times


S E E  O U R  S E A  O T T E R S

September 23 – 29 is Sea Otter Awareness Week. A century ago, sea otters were all but gone due to overhunting. Now, they continue to be threatened in the wild as they are faced with environmental issues in their ecosystem.

Jacob, a southern sea otter, lives at the New York Aquarium (NYA.) He and his neighbor, northern sea otter, Tazo, can be photographed year round at the Sea Cliffs exhibit.

Stop by the NYA September 22-23 and 29-30 to learn more about saving sea otters.

 Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Sources: New York Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium.