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Otohime’s Time™ supports sea turtle research in the photobiology, sensory ecology and macro-ecology of the world’s seven species of sea turtles. The effects of coastal lighting on sea turtle hatchlings and laying mothers is a familiar subject, as are the effects of plastics in the ocean. Yet in order to understand the attraction and repulsion of animals from light sources, biologists use physical lighting metrics far different from those used by developers, architects and the industry norms set by the Illumination Engineers Society (IES).  The Campaign stresses physical optics as an alternative to IES norms, as a way to advocate for wildlife sensitive design.

Taking inspiration from the Japanese legend of Urashima Taro, and the divine undersea goddess ‘Otohime’, the Campaign also emphasizes the challenges of  time for wildlife conservation. Otohime’s Time™ does this in two ways. First, it raises awareness of the ecological importance of the entire life cycle of sea turtles and not simply their earliest moments. Second, the Campaign seeks to improve science by expanding public awareness of ‘tipping points’, the idea that there is a point past which life cannot rebound.

How to Support ‘Otohime’s Time™’:

PhotoSciences (Fund or Pursue Research)
Research Programs
Research Lab / Endowed Professorship

Film & Media (Donate/Invest/Sponsor the PhotoDiversity Documentary ‘Otohime’s Time™’)

“Otohime’s Time™” sounds the alarm that action to protect sea turtles is urgent, and that there is a moment when it will be too late. A scientific documentary to explore the fascinating world of sea turtle photobiology, how the natural cycles of night and day both over and under the sea enliven these beautiful creatures, ‘Otohime’s Time’ takes viewers into an amazing realm of science and wonder that few beyond research labs ever get to see.

Embracing a diversity, inclusion and engagement ethic, the film considers international perspectives on the world’s seven species of sea turtles, how they were brought back from extinction and what they mean for the health of the oceans. 

Advance Purchase ‘Otohime’s Time™’
Advance Screening Purchase ‘Otohime’s Time™’

Sustainable Design (Live Sustainably for Sea Turtles)
Wildlife Sensitive Design (Lighting, Architecture, Engineering)
Sustainable Fashion, Proceeds to Support Sea Turtle Research
Invest in/Purchase Sustainable Products

Education (Watch Sea Turtles Responsibly)
Arriba Tours
Swim and Dive Excursions
Follow the Leatherback Tours

Press Releases:

ZLI CSR Press Release Campaign Otohime’s Time (ZLI’s Otohime’s Time Celebrates Animals of All Ages)



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