The recent news from the Monterey Bay Aquarium that Toola, "the most important animal in the aquarium's sea otter program," had died was certainly sad (the 28-year-old otter passed away due to "natural causes and infirmities of age." But her legacy was great; legislation protecting our sea otters was inspired by Toola, who served as a surrogate mom to pups without parents. It's a reminder that the institution is not simply about delighting visitors with tanks teeming with colorful fish; there are, if you'll excuse our cheekiness, bigger fish to fry, or, in aquarium's case, to save with important legislation and vocal support.
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