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Why Sea Otters Are So Important to Their Ocean Habitat: The Role of Sea Otters in Ecosystem Balance

Sea otters — with their playful demeanor and iconic appearance — are more than just adorable creatures. They play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of their ocean habitat, making them indispensable to the ecosystem. This article explores the sea otter habitat, the importance of sea otters, and the role of sea otters in the ecosystem. The Sea Otter Habitat The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is a marine mammal native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean and has…

5th grade class create lemonade stand to benefit sea otters

5th-Graders in New York benefit sea otters with lemonade stand

Recently, we connected with a class of 5th-graders from Clarkstown Central School District in New City, New York. The kids had been tasked by their teacher, Mrs. Kelley, to create a small business and they worked together to develop ideas. After brainstorming for a bit, Sugar Lemon was born to help raise money for endangered animals - sea otters being one of the animals to benefit. Always excited by young kids that want to help sea otters, we reached out to them to ask them about…

Explore the efforts of our 2022 Grant Recipients

Oregon State University Master’s student Laura Geissinger is investigating sea otter foraging behavior along Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.  Geissinger is specifically examining whether razor clams are part of the sea otter diet in that locale.  Because there is a decline in razor clam population in this region, this study is set to determine if sea otters are adding to the decrease.  If sea otters are contributing to the razor clam decline, there could be a human-sea otter conflict, which could have future implications for the…