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…

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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…

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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…