Innovative Technologies in Sea Otter Research

Sea otters (Enhydra lutris) play a crucial role in maintaining the health and balance of their marine ecosystems. As a keystone species, their well-being is an indicator of the overall health of their habitat. In recent years, innovative technologies have revolutionized the field of sea otter research and monitoring, providing invaluable insights into their behavior, health, and population dynamics. These advancements are vital for the conservation and protection of sea otters, and many have been made possible through the support of the Sea Otter…

sea otter at aquarium

Sea Otter Projects Funded for 2024

Sea Otter Foundation & Trust funding grants have impacted sea otter recovery, conservation, and education for several years.  The following sea otter research and conservation projects have been funded for 2024 and they will have significant impacts on shaping sea otter recovery and conservation. Seattle Aquarium – the aquarium has embarked on a multi-year study investigating the resilience of Washington’s nearshore marine ecosystems and whether sea otters help stabilize those ecosystems.  Sea Otter Foundation & Trust funding supported this study from its inception when…

History of Sea Otters

Sea otters (Enhydra lutris) have fascinated humans for centuries. Known for their playful behavior and significant ecological impact, these marine mammals offer a unique lens through which to view both natural history and human interaction with the environment. This in-depth look at the history of sea otters will explore their ecological importance, the dramatic fluctuations in their populations, and the ongoing efforts to ensure their survival. Early History and Ecological Role Prehistoric Significance Sea otters — belonging to the weasel family — underwent a…