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Study Finds Sea Otter Moms Risk Own Survival to Raise Pups

A new study conducted by researchers from UC Santa Cruz, U.S. Geological Survey and the Monterey Bay Aquarium finds that sea otter moms risk their own survival to raise pups.  Just how hard do otter moms work?  The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, reveals females with 6 month old pups spend up […]

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Introducing “OtterTracker”

Have you ever wondered where sea otters swim along the California coastline throughout the year? Introducing Otter Tracker! Why do scientists capture, tag and track sea otters? Capturing, tagging and tracking sea otters help scientists gain a better understanding of how they live and the contributing factors threatening the recovery of the species.  By surgically implanting […]

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Countdown to Sea Otter Awareness Week – Sept 22-28

Sea Otter Awareness Week is right around the corner!  With fun, family-friendly events happening all over town, this is a great way for you and your family to spend your time!  Whether you enjoy kayaking in the slough or eating breakfast with sea otters, there’s something fun for everyone!  Come with us to celebrate the […]

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Lecture & LIVE Stream: Exploring the Sensory Biology of Sea Otters Through Cooperative Research

DON’T MISS this lecture and LIVE web stream!!!  It’s definitely going to be one of the coolest talks of the year at Aquarium of the Pacific.  Be sure to tune into the live stream if you can’t make it to Long Beach, CA.  There will also be a Q&A session at the end via Twitter (@AquariumPacific). […]

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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 […]

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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.