Status & Adaptations
- Endangered worldwide currently
- Only otter to give birth in water
- Member of the weasel family
- Been endangered since 1977
- Nurture their young while floating on their back
- Put shellfish on their chest and crack them open
- They sleep on their back in a group
- Water repellent skin to keep them dry and warm
- Nostrils and ears that close in water
- Webbed feet
Location & History
Why are Sea Otters important?
- Iconic Species, represents beauty and diversity in marine wildlife
- Keystone Species because of their critical important to healthy and stability of near shore marine ecosystem
- Eat sea urchins and other invertebrates that graze on giant kelp
- Without these Sea Otters, these grazing animals can destroy kelp forests and the animals that rely on them as a habitat for survival
- Sea otters provide a positive impact on the economy, without them certain state would loose money
- Presents gains in tourism aspects, jobs for people, and people get money from commercially fishing and trapping these mammals
- We can help by cutting down on the number of sea otters because kept in captivity and shows and killed for their meat and rather let the sea otters be and live on their own like they're suppose to.
Current conservation efforts!
Defenders of wildlife is another organization based in California and Alaska that its primary focus on saving the sea otter. They have launched a program for state residents to provide funds for sea otter research and law enforcement.
The endangered specifies act of 1973 works to protect those animals that are at risk. Certain states have different laws, but if you break them you are held accountable and may have to serve jail time.