Combining documentary and dramatic narrative techniques, Otter 501 chronicles the remarkable true story of an orphaned baby otter that was washed ashore on the northern California coast when she was less than a week old. Rescued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program, “501,” as she was called, became part of a groundbreaking surrogate program. She was introduced to an adoptive sea otter mother who reared her for months so she could develop the necessary skills to survive in the wild. Parallel to this remarkable tale of how “501” got a second chance at life is the story of young Katie, an aspiring marine biologist who discovers the orphaned otter and becomes a volunteer at the Aquarium. Blending original documentary footage and the tools of social media, the film is a unique hybrid of fact and fiction that takes the traditional wildlife documentary into a new style of storytelling. Directed by Bob Talbot. Executive Producer: Mark Shelley.

Otter 501

2012 US 96 min
Festival Year: 2013
Types: Documentary, Narrative
Topic: Freshwater & Oceans, Wildlife