“Otter 501”- a must see family movie


Sea otter raft in Moss Landing Harbor, CA

Living on the road, it is always a blessing when you find a safe and comfortable campground with friendly and helpful staff.   It’s a godsend when you find a place that makes you feel so much at home, you never want to leave.  Bruce and I have found such a place at the Moss Landing KOA with their wonderful hosts  John and Jaye.  We have been fortunate enough to have spent the last several weeks in Moss Landing California, really getting to know the place.

So we considered ourselves very lucky when we were invited to share in a screening of the official pre-theatrical release DVD of a new movie from Sea Studios Foundation and Paladin Films entitled “Otter 501.”  The movie was shot on location in the Monterey Bay area, including specifically Moss Landing.  It follows the saga of an orphaned sea otter pup and the young woman who found it.

The movie has a very strong conservation message,  which was nicely balanced with personal interest segments and beautifully scored nature segments.  The story is told from the young woman’s point of view and allows the viewer the chance to learn about the life of sea otters and to develop concern for their perils.  To quote Jack Hanna, the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and a personal hero of mine, “We will not protect or care about what we do not know.”  This film clearly lets the audience get to know and care about sea otters, thus opening the door to wanting to help protect them.  You can’t ask more than that.

I really enjoyed this movie.  I thought the cinematography was stunning.  It was very entertaining while also being very educational.  I would really enjoy sharing this movie with the grandkids.

To learn more about the movie “Otter 501”, check out the film’s Facebook page or their website.

– Mary Lou Dickson
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