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Motherhood is no picnic for sea otter mums

Sea otters have voracious appetites, and for good reason. As the smallest marine mammals, they face unprecedented metabolic challenges just to stay warm, consuming a quarter of their own body mass each day. And there are times when the metabolic demands of sea otter females rocket even further. Nicole Thometz, from the University of California [...]

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MBNMS Superintendent releases statement about aerial drone use in Sanctuary

  A Statement From MBNMS Superintendent Regarding The Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems The use of unmanned aircraft systems, also known as aerial drones or quadcopters, has markedly increased in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) during the past year. It is important for operators to know that these aerial vehicles are regulated above the [...]

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UF Veterinary Researchers Discover New Poxvirus in Sea Otters

After studying unusual skin lesions seen in two orphaned sea otter pups, University of Florida scientists and their collaborators have identified a previously unknown poxvirus in the infected animals. “To our knowledge, this is the first report of a poxvirus in a mustelid, the group of mammals including otters, mink, badgers and related species,” said [...]

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Study Finds Sea Otter Moms Risk Own Survival to Raise Pups

A new study conducted by researchers from UC Santa Cruz, U.S. Geological Survey and the Monterey Bay Aquarium finds that sea otter moms risk their own survival to raise pups.  Just how hard do otter moms work?  The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, reveals females with 6 month old pups spend up [...]

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Sea Otter with Severe Facial Trauma Found in Moss Landing, California

A male sea otter with severe facial trauma was spotted swimming off Moss Landing by fishermen and whale watchers on the evening of May 4, 2014. Sea otter biologists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife captured the injured animal in Moss Landing Harbor on May 5th. Due to [...]

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3 Sea Otters Shot to Death in Pacific Grove, CA

Incredibly sad and disturbing news to report.  3 sea otters were found shot to death in Pacific Grove, CA. Federal wildlife officials are offering a $21,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of the individual(s) responsible for the shootings.  Sea otters are federally protected under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection [...]

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Today We’re Thrilled to Announce the Launch of seaotters.com/live

Today we’re thrilled to announce the launch of seaotters.com/live, the world’s first HD live video stream of California sea otters in the wild. Today also marks the 37-year anniversary for the southern sea otter’s official listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, so it’s a very special day indeed. We’d first like [...]

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Seaotters.com is an education and outreach initiative dedicated to raising awareness about California's threatened sea otters and the role research plays in the species recovery and conservation. It's a collaboration of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Davis, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, among others. We're #WildforOtters! Are you?