Prof. Jane Watson will share first-hand stories about her research into sea otters (like this fella) on Oct. 29 at the Maritime Heritage Centre.

Learn more about one of our favourite furry friends

Prof. Jane Watson comes to town to talk about her sea otter research

The Discovery Sealife Society will be hosting Prof. Jane Watson for a colourful talk on B.C.’s iconic sea otters, Thursday, Oct. 29. Jane will share first hand stories from decades of field research on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

The once abundant sea otters were hunted to local extinction from our waters for their extraordinary fur for a trade that lasted for less than 50 years.

However, from 1969 to 1972, 89 Alaska sea otters were reintroduced to Checleset Bay on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. Ever since, the sea otter population has increased in size and spread along our coast, with remarkable ecological consequences.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Maritime Heritage Centre. Admission is by donation. For more information on their public science speaker series, visit

This talk will be followed by Dr. Dick Beamish talking about the health of the Strait of Georgia on Nov. 12, same place and time.