Category Archives: Otter Spottings

Otters on the move

In the past few months you may have heard or read about rare sea otter sightings off San Diego and Laguna Beach. It has been decades since sea otters were seen off the coast of southern California and we are … Continue reading

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Sea otters where are you?

“I’ve got a groomer,” Michelle calls out. I look over the top of my binoculars to see which direction she’s pointing, and try to focus in the same way. Nothing but kelp, a few cormorants, and the dizzying rolling of … Continue reading

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Otter Walk 2010

  I was at the grocery store the other day, and posted at the register was a big sign with balloons and flowers suggesting I think of the administrative professional in my life on administrative professional day. A wave of … Continue reading

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Sea otter spotted near Channel Islands

  Last week we got a report from staff members at the Channel Islands National Park that a sea otter was spotted between Anacapa Island and Ventura, on the mainland. Of course this is well into the no otter zone. If … Continue reading

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Ku-chan watch

  Our faithful readers may recall the Japanese otter Ku-chan who was given special residency status in Hokkaido last spring. Well our Japanese media darling is back in the news. Apparently the otter has found some friends, probably from the … Continue reading

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Sea otter strandings–up or down?

Every month we get an update of how many otters were found dead on beaches throughout the range. Sea otter strandings are one of several indices of how well the population is doing. It’s hard to tell from any one … Continue reading

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Otter Safety is No Accident–a follow up

In our Fall 2009 newsletter we listed the FWS enforcement numbers to report otter harassment. We also noted that you can notify any agent authorized to enforce wildlife laws, such as Sanctuary enforcement officers or the CA Department of Fish … Continue reading

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