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 with clam floating on back

World Oceans Day is June 8

Of course, we all know sea otters are cute; and who hasn't enjoyed the many online videos of their playful antics frolicking on the ocean waves, cracking open a clam with the help of a rock, or simply taking a much-deserved rest tied off in some kelp? But did you know that they play a vital role in the health of our oceans and, ultimately, the earth? Sea otters are a keystone species for their kelp forest home helping to control sea urchin populations…

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…