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Sea Otter Pup Euthanized — Let us know what you think

The news that a sea otter pup was euthanized by sea otter rescuers from Monterey Bay Aquarium touched many people.  This is the sad reality of the decisions wildlife care professionals must wrestle with all the time.  It is a … Continue reading

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Why Sea Otters Hate Salad

People often look towards the ocean and ask, “What’s wrong, why are otters dying?”  The answer will not be found by looking seaward, but by turning towards land and asking the same question, “What’s wrong?” Scientists have learned that otters … Continue reading

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Government Releases Spring 2013 Sea Otter Survey – Good News for Our Otters!

Today the US Geological Survey released the Spring 2013 sea otter count, and it’s good news, the California sea otter population has continued to grow for the second consecutive year. Teams of scientists counted 2899 otters and pups, this is … Continue reading

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2013 Coastal Art & Poetry Contest Winners

The California Coastal commission recently posted the winners of their annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. We post a lot of serious issues here on the blog and sometimes the perspective of a child says a lot more than a … Continue reading

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If it happened here….The legacy of the Exxon Valdez Disaster

MONTEREY, CA – On the eve of the 23rd anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound and in the shadow of the Deep Water Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, we should pause and reflect … Continue reading

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Volunteering with The Otter Project

Calling all Otter-lovers! If you’re news years resolution was to save the ocean, or if you want to make sea otters your valentine all year long in 2011…COME VOLUNTEER WITH THE OTTER PROJECT!!! Information on volunteering with us is now … Continue reading

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Overfishing, climate change and superhero sea otters

They’re cute, they eat sea urchin, and NOW they can save us against climate change.  Are sea otters the superhero of the marine mammal world, or what? In case you needed another reminder of why sea otters are awesome…they could … Continue reading

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It probably sounds exciting to save sea otters for a living–and it can be. But let’s be honest. Most days are spent at my desk. It’s one of the hazards of being a policy wonk–even if you’re a policy wonk … Continue reading

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Otters take over airport tarmac–next step, the world

Yes, otters have started on the path to world domination, which everyone knows begins with a dramatic, high speed chase out of your carrier onto the airport tarmac. Bemused newscasters from the Columbus news report the story here on Ohio’s … Continue reading

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What’s killing otters?

I feel like I’ve been writing about dead sea otters a little too frequently recently–an unfortunate job hazard. This week the Monterey Bay Aquarium joined in with a profile of Dr. Melissa Miller’s work. Dr. Miller is a pathologist with … Continue reading

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