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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 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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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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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Seaotters.com is 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. Seaotters.com is also home of the world's first HD live stream of southern sea otters in the wild.