Episode 503: Sea Otter Rescue

Original Airdate: 
Monday, October 14, 2013 - Sunday, October 20, 2013
Next Airdate: 
Monday, June 9, 2014 - Sunday, June 15, 2014

There's a lot to discover at the Monterey Bay Aquarium along the California Central Coast. It's one of the world's most renowned marine facilities. There are over 35,000 plants and animals in this amazing facility. The exhibits inspire us preserve our oceans. Eco Company takes a look at some of the exhibits through the eyes of some special tour guides. These guides are teen volunteers whose messages are music to our ears. Jordan tags along on a tour and gets their story.

Most visitors are not aware of the research and rescue programs that happen behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. SORAC is just that. It's the Sea Otter Research and Conservation program in which marine scientists rescue injured, stranded or orphaned southern sea otters and rehabilitate them in order to release them back into the wild. Some of the aquarium's otter residents play a big role. Jalena goes behind the scenes to find out more.

There's a killer out in our oceans and seas and it's not an ominous marine creature. It's our trash, and a lot of it is plastic. It floats on the surface and marine animals mistake it for food. Eco Company goes sailing with a group of young girls who are participating in a science program on Monterey Bay. They're looking for and cataloging the trash they find.

Oceans cover two thirds of the Earth's surface and Eco Company wanted to know how the oceans are affected by climate change, so Adam visited the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and discovered...you guessed it, NASA scientists are on it...studying changes in ocean temps and what it's doing to our coastlines and beaches.