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2013 Activities Menu
Sea Otter Awareness Week activities are included with Aquarium admission or Annual Imagination Pass.
Weekday Activities (Monday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Sept. 27)
Located in Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest
Why are sea otters important?
Sea otters are a keystone species, meaning they play an integral role in the ecosystem and health of our oceans. They help maintain the balance among thousands of kelp forest inhabitants. Sea otters also act as an indicator species, meaning that their high rates of disease may be a warning for both marine ecosystems and human health. In order to help the plight of the sea otter, public awareness and education are imperative. Currently, they are listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List and are protected by the Endangered Species Act and The Marine Mammal Protection Act. By becoming an advocate for sea otters and other aquatic life, individuals can make a difference by protecting and saving the marine environment that sea otters call home.
Georgia Aquarium's sea otters
Georgia Aquarium is home to multiple southern sea otters—a marine mammal species native to the Central California coast. Each of these charismatic animals acts as an ambassador for sea otters and their conservation issues while charming Aquarium guests.
The group includes two mature sea otters and three juveniles. The mature pair, Oz and Gracie, have been at Georgia Aquarium since we opened our doors in 2005. Each of the three juveniles, Brighton, Bixby and Cruz, were adopted through our 4R Program (Rescue, Research, Rehabilitation and Responsibility) shortly after each was orphaned in 2010.
It’s easy to help!
Each member of every household has the ability to make necessary lifestyle and consumption changes that can greatly increase the sea otter's chance for survival. The good news is that THESE CHANGES ARE EASY! By becoming an advocate for sea otters and other aquatic life, you can make a significant difference by protecting and saving the marine environment that sea otters call home.
Have you ever wanted to meet a sea otter? One lucky group will win a trip to Atlanta to go behind the scenes and enjoy an exclusive encounter with one of Georgia Aquarium's charismatic and fun sea otters!
Energetic and playful, the sea otters at Georgia Aquarium are among its most popular animals. In the Sea Otter Encounter, go behind the scenes at the otters’ home in Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest and interact with these charismatic animals. Guests will get an exclusive, up-close and personal encounter with a sea otter while learning more about the Aquarium's rescue, research and conservation initiatives, which includes providing much-needed homes for orphaned and stranded sea otters. You’ll even take home a professional photo of your special and meaningful experience, courtesy of Georgia Aquarium.
Prize includes four roundtrip airline tickets to/from Atlanta on Southwest Airlines, four Georgia Aquarium Total Tickets, including Behind the Scenes Tours and four Sea Otter Encounters!
Enter to win August 26 – September 30, 2014. You must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry to be eligible to win this sweepstakes. You must be 7 years of age or older at the time of the encounter to participate in the Sea Otter Encounter. Click HERE for full details and rules.