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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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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/

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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 [...]

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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?