Explore Our History
Our sea otter program embraced many changes and challenges in 1998.
Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program
Summer 1998Faced with a disturbing decline in the wild sea otter population to fewer than 2,000 animals, the Sea Otter Research and Conservation (SORAC) program revitalizes its mission: to do all we can to ensure the survival of the southern sea otter. Staff and volunteers care for 23 injured adults and orphaned pups and return eight to the wild. By 1999, we make a breakthrough in treating sea otters suffering from protozoal encephalitis, a pollution-borne disease that is nearly 100 percent fatal.