A storm grows, a sea otter pup is separated from her mother, and a young woman bound for adventure blows in to town. On a wild, windswept beach these lives collide and an entire species' survival gets personal. Through Katie's eyes you will see our playful pup, otter number 501, get an amazing second chance at life in the wild. As the two learn to navigate the opportunities and risks of life without anchor we see the incredible efforts people have undertaken to return sea otters from the brink of existence. Framed against the strikingly beautiful Monterey Bay coastline, the last stronghold of these iconic animals, Katie discovers just how serious this threat remains. Their adventure, unexpected as it was, illustrates what we can do to contribute to the growing movement to protect the southern sea otter...and ourselves.
- Bob Talbot
- Run Time
- 1 hour 24 minutes
This ponderously paced mashup of painfully sincere drama and beautifully lensed documentary won't survive very long in the theatrical wilderness.Joe Leydon, Variety, 05.14.2012
The stars of the film are so entertaining, the tricks seem superfluous. Sometimes all you need are otters.Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 05.10.2012
You have to give the producers of "Otter 501" points for trying something different, even if it's not ultimately all that successful.Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 06.14.2012