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Ten-year-old Gidget had been a part of the Aquarium family since 2013, and in that time she helped raise four stranded pups. She retired from those duties because of an advancing arthritic condition, but her work for her species never slowed down. Gidget was the basis of the first complete Southern sea otter genome, sequenced by researchers at UCLA a few years ago, that will contribute to ongoing sea otter recovery. Known for her love of diving head-first into buckets and piles of ice, Gidget found a place in the hearts of millions of visitors and fans of the sea otter cam over the past six years. “Gidget touched millions of people with her beauty, charm, and an exuberance of mischief,” said Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Mike Murray. “She is an example of why we do what we do, for the animals in our care and for their wild kin.” Her legacy lives on in the orphaned pups she helped rear as a part of our Sea Otter Program with our five other resident sea otters, Rosa, Abby, Kit, Ivy and Selka, and as the face of the sea otter genome.
I (Miro) got to see Gidget happily swimming and munching on clams several times at the aquarium and would often watch her on the MBA’s otter cam whenever I needed a midday pick-me-up of some otter nonsense. She’ll be sorely missed!
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Rivers and lakes across Northwestern states — from Yellowstone to Montana — have lost most of their trout, due to extreme drought conditions. Because of this, state authorities have implemented a variety of restrictions to preserve their dwindling trout populations, leaving recreational fly fishers in the lurch. Why This […]
Marine scientists are eagerly investigating a 100-pound opah fish, or “moonfish,” that washed ashore in Oregon last week. The deep-sea fish usually makes its home in temperate or tropical waters, raising questions about how it came to be so far north. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), not much is known about the fish, which has red […]
(Parts of this story are reprinted with permission from the World Wildlife Fund) High-profile TV coverage of tigers in captivity may give the impression that breeding tigers in captivity is the only way to save the species, but that’s far from true. Globally, there are some legitimate conservation breeding programs for tigers that are important […]
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