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Kim Steinhardt

Kim Steinhardt

The iconic southern sea otter has been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1977. With fewer than 3,200 remaining, the threats this keystone species face reveal as much about the complex relationship between humans and nature as they do about sea otters.

Join Kim Steinhardt for an inspiring photographic journey through the fascinating life of these creatures – as well as a look into the fast-evolving legal and policy side of this story. Today, the Endangered Species Act itself is endangered and the survival of the southern sea otter and many other vital creatures could hang in the balance.  

Kim Steinhardt on the beach

Kim Steinhardt is a former administrative law judge turned environmental writer and marine wildlife photographer whose work with sea otters and coastal storytelling appears in books and other media, including National Geographic’s Explore My World series, where he has served as a photo contributor and consultant. He is co-author of The Edge: The Pressured Past and Precarious Future of California’s Coast. His next book, a children’s story about sea otters, is set to be released December 1, 2019. He is president of the board of directors of the Friends of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz.