Giant kelp forest

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 [...]

640x360-white-shark

Increasing White Shark Bites Now Leading Cause of Sea Otter Mortality in California

Southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) are not considered prey for white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias), but in California, sea otter carcasses have been increasingly observed with shark bite wounds over the past decade. USGS and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) researchers have published the data behind this trend in the journal Marine Mammal [...]

Category: Featured, sea otters · Tags: ,

sea otter

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 [...]

olive-sea-otter-after-cleaning

Species Ambassador Olive the Sea Otter Dies After White Shark Bite

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) confirmed that the sea otter known as “Olive” died from a shark bite. Olive was estimated around seven years old. Scientists last spotted Olive alive on Feb. 15, 2015, and then a private citizen reported discovering her dead on the beach March 22. After her rescue and rehabilitation [...]

640x360-twins-point-lobos

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 [...]

Sea otters rafting in Elkhorn Slough

Legislation introduced to extend funding source for sea otter research, conservation and education

Great news to share! Legislation has been introduced here in California to extend the California Sea Otter Fund, one of the most critical funding sources for sea otter research, conservation and education. Check out these links for more info. http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/environment-and-nature/20141202/legislation-introduced-to-extend-funding-source-for-sea-otter-research Californians, Please Remember Sea Otters on Tax Day http://seaotters.com/2014/02/07/californians-please-remember-sea-otters-on-tax-day/ California Sea Otter Fund https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Tax-Donation  

The Sensitive Whiskers of Sea Otters

The Sensitive Whiskers of Sea Otters

Sea Otters are Hairy Marine Mammals Sea otters are the smallest and most recent marine mammal to return to the ocean.  Only mammals possess hair and sea otters are exceptional in this aspect. The density of body hairs of sea otters is one of the highest for any mammal, up to 150,000 hairs/sq cm.  Sea [...]

Sea otters have strong teeth

Study finds sea otter tooth enamel more than twice as tough as ours

Sea otter dental enamel is highly resistant to chipping due to its microstructure Ziscovici et al. Biol Lett 2014 10 (10), p. 20140484   Abstract Dental enamel is prone to damage by chipping with large hard objects at forces that depend on chip size and enamel toughness. Experiments on modern human teeth have suggested that [...]

Category: sea otters · Tags: ,

sea otter

Study: Slime-producing molecules help spread disease from cats to sea otters

The spread of diseases from land animals to sea otters and other marine mammals is aided and abetted by gelatinous, sticky polymers produced by seaweed, reports a research team headed by a UC Davis veterinary infectious-disease expert. These large, complex molecules form slimy biofilms and bind water-borne organic matter into larger particles, in which disease-causing [...]

Category: sea otters · Tags: ,

Otter mom and pup

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 [...]

Category: Featured, sea otters · Tags:

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?