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Shark Festival and Sanctuary Celebration 2001
Santa Cruz, California

Sea Otter Research Featured at USGS Booth--
Sunday, September 30, 2001

Every fall, a Shark Festival and Sanctuary Celebration is held on the Santa Cruz Wharf to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Check it out next year by visiting the Wharf web site at

For the celebration of the Sanctuary's 9th birthday in 2001, USGS personnel from the Western Coastal and Marine Geology team and the Western Ecological Research Center collaborated on a booth about USGS research on sea otters.

You can download a sea otter coloring page (72K PDF document) that was handed out at the USGS booth. To help you view the coloring page, you can download a free copy of Adobe Reader.

And you can view some photos from the festival, below.

Click on a picture to see a larger version (each less than 155K).


Group photo of folks who set up USGS booth
Early birds set up the booth. From left to right: Sarah Stanley, Helen Gibbons, Jenna Stanley, Mary McGann, Nick Degnan, Carolyn Degnan, Gena Bentall, Jane Reid. (Not shown: Alisha Halter Kage, gone to gather additional handouts, and Amy Foxgrover, Jason Hill, Shauna Reisewitz, and Sid Mitra, who worked later in the day.)
Photo of child in front of USGS booth, set up and ready for visitors
The booth and handouts are all set up. Bring on the visitors!
Photo of busy USGS booth and festival from a distance
A beautiful day on the Santa Cruz Wharf. USGS booth is in center of group of three.
Close-up photo of crowded USGS booth
At the height of the festival, the USGS booth overflows with visitors.
Photo of children coloring at USGS booth
Children enjoy coloring a page-size sea otter drawing (PDF file) they can take home...
Photo of child coloring at USGS booth
...and add their creative touches to a poster-sized version. (Drawing by Gena Bentall.)
Photo of USGS scientist helping visitors use microscope
Sid Mitra shows visitors how microscopic views of sea otter teeth are used to tell an otter's age.
Photo of visitor touching one of several otter pelts
Pelts were available for visitors to touch. From left to right: a sea otter pup's pelt, pelt of an otter that lived in chlorinated water in the 1970's, adult sea otter pelt, fur seal pelt. (Not shown: river otter pelt.)
Photo of Congressman Sam Farr addressing visitors
Congressman Sam Farr welcomes visitors to the Shark Festival and Sanctuary Celebration.
Photo of USGS scientist showing visitors samples of otter food
Jason Hill show visitors examples of what sea otters eat.


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