december, 2023

10dec3:00 pm4:00 pmLecture – “Sea Otter Stories – history, ecology & conservation”3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Chapel at Fort Worden Event Organized By: Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Event Details

Port Townsend Marine Science Center presents the Future of Oceans lecture series

“Sea Otter Stories – history, ecology & conservation”
James Bodkin
U.S. Geological Survey

Fort Worden Chapel
Sunday, December 10
3 p.m.

Over the course of about 250 years, beginning about 1750, perhaps a million sea otters were harvested for their fur throughout their range. When the harvest ended 13 small populations remained, all but one along their northern range. Today more than 150,000 sea otters occupy more than half their original range. Other sea otter stories Jim will tell include their relation to the locally abundant river otter, their ecology, predators and other research on sea otters in the wild.

To keep this series accessible to all, regardless of the ability to pay, there is no set charge for the event; however, donations are always welcomed and appreciated.

See the full lecture series on our website at


(Sunday) 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Chapel at Fort Worden


Port Townsend Marine Science CenterExplore the mysteries of the Salish Sea at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center! Get up close and personal with sea stars, anemones, urchins and other fascinating creatures at PTMSC’s Aquarium. Our Museum features Hope, one of the few articulated orca skeletons in North America. Volunteer and education opportunities are also 532 Battery Way, Port Townsend WA, USA 98368