4 p.m., Dec. 11
Katie Pofahl, aspiring marine biologist, spends her half year at Monterey Bay helping to save an adorable, orphaned otter pup, with crucial help from the famous aquarium. The attempt at narrative framing, its Facebook touches applied like girlish mascara, is feeble. But the tireless otter world is opened up for us by splendid photography in Bob Talbot’s plea for our obligatory bond to endangered sea life. 2012.
— David Elliott