Why Donating to Sea Otter Conservation Matters

While sea otters (Enhydra lutris) are often thought of as charismatic marine mammals admired for their playful behavior and remarkable intelligence, they are also crucial components of their marine ecosystems. However, their populations face significant threats from human activities, environmental changes, and historical hunting. This article delves into sea otter conservation, outlining why it is vital and highlighting the pivotal conservation efforts to help sea otters, including those supported by the Sea Otter Foundation and Trust (SOFT). What Is Sea Otter Conservation? Sea otter…

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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…