Sea otter by Kate Thomas
The Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center has had marine wildlife as a central concern since its inception. The Oiled Wildlife Care Network, the Marine Ecosystem Health Diagnostic and Surveillance Laboratory, and the SeaDoc Society (with its associated Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project) are all WHC programs. WHC faculty are also based at the Bodega Marine Laboratory and at Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center in Santa Cruz.
In addition, many WHC faculty have focused on health challenges facing the Southern sea otter and other sentinels of marine ecosystem health. Research activities focused on the near-shore marine ecosystem have been ongoing for over fifteen years, and have allowed us to recognize new diseases in marine mammals and understand disease transmission between terrestrial and marine wildlife.