Charlie the sea otter

Sea Otters and Sound

Special Note: The Pinniped Cognition and Sensory Systems Lab at UCSC’s LML was the first to ever conduct audiometric research with sea otters. When we think about coastal pollution, we often think of toxic chemicals, plastics, and even harmful algae—but there is also another kind of human-generated pollution that may degrade marine habitats: noise. While coastal environments […] #OtterFacts Prize Giveaway

Announcing the Sea Otter Awareness Week “#OtterFacts” Prize Giveaway!

In celebration of Sea Otter Awareness Week, we’ve teamed up with our friends at the Georgia Aquarium for a week of fun!  Learn about sea otters, share it with others and you’ll have a chance to win FREE logo gear! How to play?  Make sure you’re following @seaottersdotcom on Twitter.  Look for our #OtterFacts tweets and […]

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Celebrating 20 Years of Ocean Protection

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Established September 18, 1992, the nation’s largest marine sanctuary spans more than 6,000 square miles of coastal waters off central California. Within its boundaries, a rich variety of habitats teem with an amazing array of life. Rugged rocky shores, lush kelp forests, a towering offshore seamount, steep underwater canyons and […]

Olive the Oiled Sea Otter and her new pup

Otter Pup Is First in California Born to Previously Oiled Sea Otter

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Facebook followers of “Olive the Oiled Otter” received long-awaited news: Scientists spotted her with what they believe is her first pup. The birth of Olive’s pup is a milestone in oiled wildlife rehabilitation as this is the first pup born to a previously oiled sea otter in California. In early August, […]

Sea otter wrapped in kelp

Thanks to Sea Otters, Kelp Forests Absorb Vast Amounts of CO2

Sea otters are considered a keystone species because of the crucial ecological role they play in maintaining the health and stability of the nearshore marine ecosystem. Without sea otters, sea urchins and other herbivorous invertebrates are left unchecked to graze through swathes of giant kelp forests, creating barren stretches of coastal habitat behind them that […]

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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.