30 Jun '13, 7pm

The Last Surviving Otter from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Has Died

The Last Surviving Otter from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Has Died

When a female sea otter named Homer was born near the cool, clean waters along Alaska’s Prince William Sound, her life must have seemed destined to play out much as it had for countless generations before her. But that all changed one fateful day in the early spring of 1989, and things would never be the same for her, or anything else, again. On May 29 of that year, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef just offshore, spilling some 10 million gallons of oil into the surrounding aquatic ecosystem — leading to one of the worst environmental disasters in history. Both immediately, and in the days that followed the spill, wildlife died by the thousands. A quarter-million seabirds would ultimately perish in the resulting sludge, along with hundreds of eagles, seals, and other marine species. Included in that devastating death toll were at least 2,800 sea otters. Hom...

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