Species Ambassador Olive the Sea Otter Dies After White Shark Bite

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) confirmed that the sea otter known as “Olive” died from a shark bite. Olive was estimated around seven years old. Scientists last spotted Olive alive on Feb. 15, 2015, and then a private citizen reported discovering her dead on the beach March 22. After her rescue and rehabilitation […]

Today Marks the 25-Year Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Today marks the 25-year anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Today also marks the 2nd anniversary of the launch of seaotters.com. Here’s a look back at our very first post. https://seaotters.com/2012/03/24/exxon-valdez-oil-spill-welcome/

Oiled sea otters after Exxon Valdez oil spill

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill 25 Year Anniversary Tweetchat

March 24th marks the 25 year anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill (It also marks the 2nd anniversary of the launch of seaotters.com). If you’re on Twitter, please join NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (@noaacleancoasts) on Monday, March 24 from 12-1pm Pacific Time for a very special tweetchat.  NOAA biologist Gary Shigenaka, who has […]

Northern sea otter, Prince William Sound, AK

25 Years After the Exxon Valdez, Sea Otter Population at Pre-Spill Levels

ANCHORAGE— Nearly 25 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill injured wildlife off the coast of Alaska, a new report issued today by the U.S. Geological Survey indicates that sea otters have returned to pre-spill numbers within the most heavily oiled areas of Prince William Sound. Sea otters in the path of the oil incurred heavy […]

Homer the sea otter

Homer, believed to be last sea otter survivor of Exxon Valdez oil spill, dies at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Very sad news to report.  Homer, the last remaining sea otter known to have survived the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, has died at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.  “The entire Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium family is saddened by the passing of Homer. She was much loved at the zoo and in the […]

Oiled Sea Otter Hauled Out After the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Sea Otters and Oil: Avenues of Exposure and Health Effects

Terrie M. Williams also contributed to this piece. Sea otters are more vulnerable to the effects of an oil spill than any other marine mammal. This results from the small size, high metabolic rate, complete reliance on fur for thermo-insulation and prolonged periods of time floating or swimming and the sea surface where oil concentrates. […]

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 seaotters.com. The bottom line on this paper is that using some new tools and technology, […]

Steamship Jacob Luckenbach

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 […]

Olive the Oiled Sea Otter

Olive the Oiled Sea Otter

If you Google the title of this blog you will find a Facebook pagedeveloped in 2009 chronicling the rescue, treatment, recovery and release of Olive the Oiled Sea Otter. At the time it was a neat story with a happy ending and, but little known to most of her followers, Olive served at the proof […]

Those Who Fail to Learn from History are Doomed to Repeat It

This spring we mark the 23rd anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The grounding of the supertanker Exxon Valdez on Bligh reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska in 1989 resulted in the release of approximately 257,000 barrels of crude oil. That was less that 1/10th of the total cargo, but the negative effects on […]

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