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…

Our 2020 Grant Awards

Announcing  Grant Awards for sea otter science, conservation & education Proudly funding and working with these organizations and universities to bring about change for sea otters and sea otter habitat. Alaska SeaLife Center: sea otter nursery improvements & medical equipment for sea otter rehabilitative care Seattle Aquarium: studying Microplastics in sea otter feces & food-potential impacts on otter health Research studies from these university graduate students: Kyle Shanebeck, University of Alberta, Investigating sea otter inflammatory response to intestinal parasites Richard Grewelle, Stanford University;   Development…

Sea otter or River otter?

Know the differences between otter species

Sea otters live in the North Pacific Ocean (North of the Tropic of Cancer).  River otters live in rivers and spend their time along the accompanying riverbanks.

There are 13 species of otter throughout the world; 12 are river otters; 1 is the sea otter.

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Sea otter in the Pacific Ocean

Sea otters tend to swim on their backs while river otters tend to swim on their stomachs.

Sea otters eat foods found in the Pacific Ocean like sea urchins, crabs, sea stars, clams, mussels & shrimp.

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A North American river otter swims on stomach

River otters eat foods found in their river habitats such as fish, crayfish, shrimp, crabs, and even frogs.