Sea otter research in Big Sur

When It Comes To Saving Sea Otters in California, It’s All About Working Together

The Southern Sea Otter Research Alliance represents a multi-disciplinary, collaborative team of researchers from the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC), University of California at Davis (UCD), Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center (MWVCRC), and U.S. Fish & Wildlife […]

No sea otters, no kelp

Why are Sea Otters Important? No Sea Otters. No Kelp Forests.

Sea otters are an iconic species, representing the beauty and diversity of marine life found along California’s coastline.  They’re also considered a keystone species because of their critical importance to the health and stability of the nearshore marine ecosystem.  They eat sea urchins and other invertebrates that graze on giant kelp.  Without sea otters, these […]

Sea otter kid's game

Game Teaches Kids About Sea Otters, Ecosystem Health and Dangers of Pollution

We all know that the children are our future. And those who are trying to preserve the health of marine ecosystems, sea otters and other marine mammals, and the quality of life along the California coast struggle how to teach the next generation these important concepts. Now, a collaboration between scientists at University of California, […]

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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.