Sea otter Pacific nearshore project

The Pacific Nearshore Project

The Pacific Nearshore Project is a multinational, multiagency project investigating sea otters as health indicators of coastal waters and marine resources from California north through Canada and Alaska. The project is led by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) with key research partners from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, National Park […]

Humbolt County

The Humboldt County Sea Otter Mystery

Humboldt County California is about as far from the southern extent of the Northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyonii) range, just north of  Grays Harbor in Washington State, as it is from the northern extent of the recognized range of the Southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis), near Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County […]

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Olive the Oiled Sea Otter Gets a Good Washing

Washing Oiled Sea Otters

In what can only be a twist of fate “Washing Oiled Sea Otters” was published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin issue 38(1), March 24, 2012, the 23rd anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the roll out date of The bottom line on this paper is that using some new tools and technology, […]

Sea otter pup encased in a single-use plastic bag.

Plastic Pollutes!

It seems like such a harmless choice, one that’s far too easy to make. You’re  driving along in your car and you get thirsty, but you’ve forgotten your trusty stainless steel water bottle. So you swing by a convenience store and buy a bottle of water. While you’re at it you get a snack.  No […]

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The Luckenbach Oil Spill and Sea Otters

In late 1973, over a hundred live oiled birds appeared along the California coast line north and south of the Golden Gate. For the next 30 years, this would happen again and again, usually in the winter after large storms. Sometimes thousands of oiled birds would wash up, most of them common murres. Among them […]

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