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Shark Festival and Sanctuary Celebration 2001—Sea Otter Research Featured at USGS Booth

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Every fall, a Shark Festival and Sanctuary Celebration is held on the Santa Cruz Wharf in Santa Cruz, CA, to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. For this year's celebration of the Sanctuary's 9th birthday—held on September 30th—USGS personnel from CMGP and the Western Ecological Research Center collaborated with researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz on a booth about USGS sea otter research.

members of the USGS team pose in front of  the USGS booth
Early birds set up the booth. From left to right: Sarah Stanley (USGS volunteer), Helen Gibbons (CMG), Jenna Stanley (USGS volunteer), Mary McGann (CMG), Nick Degnan (USGS volunteer), Carolyn Degnan (CMG), Gena Bentall (UC Santa Cruz), Jane Reid (CMG). Not shown: Alisha Halter Kage (BRD), gone to gather additional handouts, and Amy Foxgrover (CMG), Jason Hill (UC Santa Cruz), Shauna Reisewitz (UC Santa Cruz), and Sid Mitra (CMG), who worked later in the day.
Sid Mitra uses a microscope and informational posters to give hands-on experience with looking at sea otter teeth
Sid Mitra shows visitors how microscopic views of sea otter teeth are used to tell an otter's age.

Visitors to this year's booth were invited to touch sea otter pelts and skulls, look through microscopes to learn how teeth are used to tell an otter's age, and handle samples of what sea otters eat. Visitors read posters on how scientists are monitoring the California sea otter's recovery from near extinction.

Jason Hill with a table of specimens of sea otter food
Jason Hill shows visitors examples of what sea otters eat.
looking down on the Shark Festival booths at the Santa Cruz Wharf
A beautiful day on the Santa Cruz Wharf. USGS booth is in center of group of three.

Younger visitors were given sea otter coloring pages to color at the booth or take home, and they were invited to add their creative touches to a poster-size sea otter drawing. Teacher packets and handouts on a wide variety of USGS research activities went like hotcakes, and the booth overflowed with visitors during most of the five-hour (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) duration of the festival.

Related Web Sites
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Western Region Coastal & Marine Geology
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Western Ecological Research Center
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
University of California, Santa Cruz

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