Understanding Sea Otter Population Decline: Causes and Solutions

Throughout history, there have been several concerning periods when sea otter (Enhydra lutris) populations have faced dire circumstances. While most of these periods of decline happened in the past and were overcome, there are still present-day concerns about certain sea otter populations. The current sea otter population crisis is a multifaceted environmental issue that demands a comprehensive understanding of its causes, effects, and the solutions being implemented. In this article, we’ll provide an important analysis that delves deeper into the factors impacting these crucial…

Sea Otter Awareness Week – Perspectives of an endearing animal

Introduction In preparation for Sea Otter Awareness Week, sea otter enthusiast, Cory Dalton, offered to share his reasons for being so fascinated with the genus Enhydra, including all three subspecies of sea otter that exist today. Cory shares his thoughts concerning their uniqueness in the animal kingdom, their importance within ocean ecology and shares several excerpts from his favorite authors who know and have experienced these animals up close. For things that are more subjective, he emphasizes when things are only his opinion. Ideally,…

sea otter pup in nursery

Sea Otter Pups Benefit from Nursery at the Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) opened in 1998 and is a pioneer in marine mammal rehabilitation in Alaska and scientific research regarding the Alaskan marine environment. Specifically, their mission is to generate and share scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. Last year, we funded improvements to Alaska SeaLife Center’s sea otter nursery (pictured above; activities authorized under USFWS MA73418B-1) and the purchase of a BMDS thermometer scanner. We are proud to be able to work with ASLC again this…