You’ve enabled us to use the bestavailable science as the basis for ourwork to restore the oceans and pro-tect the incredible animals that callthe ocean home.Focusing on a few key species –sea otters, great white sharks andtunas – our team and collaboratorshave contributed critical science toensure protection and recovery ofsome of the world’s most iconictop predators.We’ve played a major role inidentifying the causes behind theslow recovery of California’s seaotters. We’ve documented diseasesthat are killing females of primebreeding age, and identified criticalphases in the rearing and weaning ofsea otter pups. We’ve just embarkedon an expansive collaborative study,from Alaska to California, to investi-gate the connections between whathappens on land and the health ofcoastal waters where sea otters live.At the same time, our pioneeringwork caring for sick adult otters andorphaned pups aims to get as manyanimals as possible back to the wild.Over the years, we’ve cared for morethan 500 sea otters and we remainthe only facility in California that’sdedicated to this effort.Our work on behalf of great whitesharks is revealing dramatic results.Together with our colleagues, we’vetagged and tracked an unprecedentednumber of adult and juvenile sharkson the California coast. This researchhas revealed that our central Califor-nia adult sharks are part of a geneti-cally unique population that migratesbetween the Central Coast andHawaii, with a mysterious stopovermidway in between.Our latest research, using a newgeneration of tracking tags, will helpus learn more about where youngsharks travel in southern Californiaand Mexico. With shark populationsdeclining, I’m thrilled that our work isshedding light on these remarkableanimals and the threats they face, sowecaninformactionstoprotectthem.Our tuna research is just as signifi-cant in a world where growing globaldemand for food threatens the futureof these amazing ocean travelers. Ourwork with Stanford University, taggingtunas and tracking their migrations,has pinpointed the breeding andfeeding grounds of Atlantic bluefin,documenting the places and seasonswhere they most need protection.As I reported earlier, this includesthe Gulf of Mexico, where tuna headedtospawnjustasthecatastrophicoilspill occurred.Public awareness of what’s neededto protect the oceans is growing, andsharing our research with millionsof visitors through exhibits like ournew Open Sea galleries is makinga difference.Yourcontinuedsupportiscriticalandyourgifttoour
campaign is deeply appreciated.Thank you again for your supportand your commitment to a future withhealthy oceans.
J u l i e P a c k a r d
Twenty-six years ago, our founders could not have envisioned what a powerful voice we’d become for the oceans world- wide. We owe our growth in large part to the tremendoussupport we’ve received from our donors and members.