SeaDoc Society Debuts New Video Series

1st Episode of ‘Salish Sea Wild’ Explores Steller Sea Lions

The SeaDoc Society invites viewers to explore the magnificent wildlife of the Pacific Northwest in a new adventure series called Salish Sea Wild, debuting Jan. 10. Salish Sea Wild is hosted by SeaDoc Science Director Joe Gaydos and will feature a new species or topic each month, starting with Steller sea lions in January.

Based on Orcas Island, Washington, the SeaDoc Society works to ensure the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems through science and education. SeaDoc is a program of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the University of California, Davis.

Traveling from the salmon streams born in snow-capped mountains to the rich upwellings of the Pacific Ocean, the team will encounter the wildlife — iconic orcas, giant octopus, ancient rockfish, precocious sea lions, and the bears, seabirds and other captivating creatures — that depend on this diverse environment.

“This is one of the most awe-inspiring ecosystems on earth,” said Gaydos. “We’re going to visit the places, meet the people and get to know the wildlife. People are going to love it.”

Team SeaDoc is partnering with scientists advancing our knowledge of these natural wonders and learning how we can all work to preserve our precious emerald sea.

The show is produced by Bob Friel, an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker who lives on Orcas Island, and SeaDoc Society. New episodes will appear at as well as on SeaDoc’s YouTube, Facebook and Instagram feeds.

Media Resources

Kat Kerlin, UC Davis News and Media Relations, 530-750-9195,

Justin Cox, UC Davis SeaDoc Society/Wildlife Health Center, 530-219-5227,

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