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Brooklyn, N.Y. – July 29, 2011 – Tazo, a one-year-old northern sea otter rescued last year following a storm that separated him from his mother in Alaska, received ice treats made from krill and capelin fish puree to celebrate the anniversary of his arrival at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium.

Tazo was only about three weeks old when he was found stranded in Alaska. After being given initial care at the Alaska Sea Life Center, Tazo made his permanent move to WCS’s New York Aquarium last July, and joined Jacob, the Aquarium’s other sea otter, on exhibit this June.

Although sea otters, sea lions and all the animals at the aquarium have plenty to eat and lots of toys to play with, other sea life around the world suffers the effects of climate change and other environmental plagues. To help combat this issue, WCS is hosting the first-ever Run for the Wild in Brooklyn on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 to benefit sea turtles and other sea life. To register for the run or to get more information, visit

Photo Credit:  Julie Larsen Maher © WCS
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Luke Groskin © WCS

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