Category Archives: Research

What role do sea otters play in combatting Climate Change?

Yes, you read that right. Climate Change. Last week, I read about a new study by two UC Santa Cruz researchers that suggests that sea otters undoubtedly influence the carbon cycle, CO2 storage, by limiting sea urchin populations which allows … Continue reading

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A Foggy Situation – Weather Thwarts Annual Survey Of Threatened Sea Otter

On September 23, the US Geological Survey (USGS) announced that unfavorable weather conditions prevented their annual California sea otter population survey[1]. For the first time in more than two decades, inclement weather prevented researchers from collecting aerial observation data used … Continue reading

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Taking a stand for the otters you love!!!

So this morning, I was delighted when I opened up my email to find an article about Dr. Terrie Williams studying the heartrate of marine animals up in Santa Cruz to determine how they are affected by our actions.   I … Continue reading

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MPA Watch Volunteers Needed

As part of our effort to protect sea otter HABITAT, The Otter Project has been heavily involved with the formation of Marine Protected Areas (underwater parks) along California’s central coast. In order to foster compliance with the regulations of these … Continue reading

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Clarification on sea otter status

People all over the country are talking about sea otters, thanks to the press coverage of our annual sea otter status report! We’ve gotten all sorts of expressions of concern and support for the sea otter, for which we are … Continue reading

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Sea otter population is in trouble

The Otter Project released its sea otter status report today, based on the 2009 spring count and stranding information from throughout the previous year. You can read the report in full by following the link above. Although two indicators showed … Continue reading

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Oil persists in environment more than 20 years after spill

A new study by engineering professor Michel C. Boufadel, chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Temple University found large remaining pools of oil remain in gravel-sand beaches in Alaska, near the site of the 1989 Exxon … Continue reading

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