Numbers Encouraging, but Shark Bites Still Problematic for Sea Otter Recovery

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The recovery of southern sea otters appears to have taken an upturn, according to results from the annual California sea otter survey released by the U.S. Geological Survey today. Yet despite an overall increase in sea otter abundance, sharks have been “taking a bite” out of the portion of the population [...]

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Major Victory for California’s Threatened Sea Otters: Court Upholds USFWS Decision To End “No-Otter Zone”

Los Angeles, CA – In a major victory for threatened southern sea otters, U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter on Friday issued a ruling denying a challenge by some fishing organizations to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) decision that has restored protections for sea otters in Southern California.  Environmental Defense Center, The [...]

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MBNMS Releases Preliminary Findings from Upcoming Sanctuary Report

Once an area depleted of marine mammal populations and key fish populations but now teeming with wildlife, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has experienced dramatic improvement since its designation in 1992. The sanctuary was established for the purpose of resource protection, research, education and public use. In response to the international focus on Monterey Bay [...]

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Governor Brown signs legislation to help sea otters

Great news to share! Governor Brown signs legislation to extend the California Sea Otter Fund, one of the most critical funding sources for sea otter research, conservation and education. The sunset date of the California Sea Otter Fund has been extended until 2021. About the California Sea Otter Fund The CA Sea Otter Fund supports [...]


Sea Otter Gives Birth to Twins at Point Lobos

Once the news broke that a female sea otter gave birth to twins last week, we headed down the coast to Point Lobos to see if we could spot the trio. By the time we had arrived, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research & Conservation (SORAC) team had already rescued one of the pups, as [...]

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California’s Sea Otter Numbers Holding Steady

U.S. Geological Survey has just released the Spring 2014 California Sea Otter Census Results. The official range-wide southern sea otter abundance index, calculated from both the California mainland range and San Nicolas Island population, is 2,944. The 5-year average growth rate for the overall population is 0.7%.  For more info, check out this USGS blog [...]

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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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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?