The Southern Sea Otter: A ‘Threatened’ Species Now for 36 Years

Raft of sea otters, Monterey Bay, CA

Raft of sea otters, Monterey Bay, CA

California’s southern sea otter was officially listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act on January 14, 1977.  36 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 of recovery.

Learn more about the threats facing the southern sea otter.

Read the official listing by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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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.