Today Marks the 25-Year Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Today marks the 25-year anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Today also marks the 2nd anniversary of the launch of seaotters.com. Here’s a look back at our very first post. http://seaotters.com/2012/03/24/exxon-valdez-oil-spill-welcome/

Oiled sea otters after Exxon Valdez oil spill

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill 25 Year Anniversary Tweetchat

March 24th marks the 25 year anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill (It also marks the 2nd anniversary of the launch of seaotters.com). If you’re on Twitter, please join NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (@noaacleancoasts) on Monday, March 24 from 12-1pm Pacific Time for a very special tweetchat.  NOAA biologist Gary Shigenaka, who has [...]

Northern sea otter, Prince William Sound, AK

25 Years After the Exxon Valdez, Sea Otter Population at Pre-Spill Levels

ANCHORAGE— Nearly 25 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill injured wildlife off the coast of Alaska, a new report issued today by the U.S. Geological Survey indicates that sea otters have returned to pre-spill numbers within the most heavily oiled areas of Prince William Sound. Sea otters in the path of the oil incurred heavy [...]

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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 [...]

Sea otter mom and pup, Monterey Bay, CA

Californians, Please Remember Sea Otters on Tax Day!

The sea otters that live off the coast of California are in trouble. As many or more adults die each year as there are young otters that survive to adulthood. The reasons for this are several and not totally understood, but quite a few are the result of things people do, or put into the [...]


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 [...]

Elkhorn Slough Sea Otter Study

A Sea of Change: Our Outreach Mission

The Southern Sea Otter Research Alliance is comprised of a group of scientists and researchers from the central coast of California that came together more than a decade ago. We work together on research focused on the conservation and recovery of the threatened Southern sea otter species and the ecosystems they live in. Together, with [...]

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Happy 40th Endangered Species Act!

On December 28, 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed into law.  Four years later, in 1977, California’s southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) was listed under the ESA as a threatened species – a conservation status which remains to this day. With the current population estimated at only 2,900 animals, sea otters still [...]

Toxoplasma gondii - sea otters

Sea Otter Science: Study Reveals New Transmission Route for Land-derived Parasite T.gondii

A New Pathogen Transmission Mechanism in the Ocean: The Case of Sea Otter Exposure to the Land-Parasite Toxoplasma gondii Fernanda F. M. Mazzillo, Karen Shapiro, Mary W. Silver Published: December 18, 2013  |  DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0082477 http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0082477 Abstract Toxoplasma gondii is a land-derived parasite that infects humans and marine mammals. Infections are a significant cause of mortality for [...]

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Introducing “OtterTracker”

Have you ever wondered where sea otters swim along the California coastline throughout the year? Introducing Otter Tracker! Why do scientists capture, tag and track sea otters? Capturing, tagging and tracking sea otters help scientists gain a better understanding of how they live and the contributing factors threatening the recovery of the species.  By surgically implanting [...]

About seaotters.com

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?