The Odyssey of KP2

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The Odyssey of KP2

An Orphan Seal and a Marine Biologist's Fight to Save a Species

By Terrie M. Williams

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143123521, 283pp.

Publication Date: June 25, 2013

An inside look at a renowned marine biologist's quest to save an abandoned, endangered seal pup

Only eleven hundred Hawaiian monk seals survive in the wild. Without intervention, they face certain extinction within fifty years. When a two-day-old Hawaiian monk seal pup, later named Kauai Pup 2, or KP2, is attacked and abandoned by his mother on a beach, he is rushed off on a journey that will take him across the ocean to the California marine lab of eminent wildlife biologist Dr. Terrie M. Williams. As Williams works with the boisterous KP2 to save his species, she forms a lasting bond with him that illustrates the importance of the survival of all earth's creatures and the health of the world's oceans.

About the Author
Terrie M. Williams is the director of the Marine Mammal Physiology Project at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a cocreator of the Center for Ocean Health. She was named one of the Fifty Most Important Women in Science by "Discover" magazine. She lives in Soquel, California.