Vancouver Aquarium Hosts Launch for Children’s Book Starring Rialto the Otter

Rialto the Otter has a truly inspiring and heart-wrenching story. Three years ago, the tiny pup was discovered injured and alone on the shores of remote Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park. After he was rehabilitated at the Seattle Aquarium – capturing hearts around the world in the process – Rialto was moved North where he found a permanent home at the Vancouver Aquarium. The otter’s journey was captured by reporter Lynda Mapes and photographer Alan Berner, who have now transformed their notes into Rescuing Rialto, a children’s book that dives into the world of otters and explores conservation efforts surrounding this essential species.

On Saturday, April 13, the Vancouver Aquarium will host a “Rialto Paw-ty” to celebrate the Vancouver launch of Rescuing Rialto. A perfect family outing, the event provides visitors with the opportunity to settle in for a reading of the book, after which Mapes and Berner will be on-hand to sign copies – Rialto, too, has contributed his signature with a stamp made of his paw print – as well as playtime and other programming with the sea otters, and a visit from Ollie the Sea Otter mascot.

Rialto fans can continue to support his ongoing care by donating to the Vancouver Aquarium’s conservation and education efforts; symbolically “adopting” Rialto; or buying an urchin snack for a local sea otter. We can’t think of a better way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon than hanging out with the cutest otter in the world, can you?

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