Sea otter mom and pup, Monterey Bay, CA

Sea Otters Need Our Help!

Sea Otters Need Our Help! California’s southern sea otter has been listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act since 1977.  35 years later and counting, their conservation status remains unchanged and their future remains uncertain.  Despite decades of protection, the southern sea otter population’s growth has stalled and the species shows few signs […]

Living in a Sea of Sounds

Sound in many ways is the lifeblood of marine animals. It connects them, and offers them a sensory window to the surrounding world much like light does for land animals, like us. The ocean is dark, vast, and continually mixed, which favors the acoustic channel as the primary mode of communication and detecting key information […]

Sea Otter Step-Section

Sea Otters: Furry on the Outside, Beautiful on the Inside!

  Sea otters are interesting and amazing creatures to watch and enjoy in their coastal environment. Guess what? It turns out that they’re just as amazing and interesting on the inside as they are on the outside! Here in California, scientists perform postmortem examinations on all sea otters that are found dead, so they can […]

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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.