“We believe the high count this year is partly explained by excellent viewing conditions, but it also appears to reflect increased food availability in the range center,” says Dr. Tim Tinker, a research ecologist who leads the USGS sea otter research program. “The boom in sea urchin abundance throughout northern and central California has provided a prey bonanza for sea otters, and that means more pups and juveniles are surviving to adulthood.”
Southern Sea Otters
Researchers Study Marine Mammals for “Toxic Hot Spots”
MOSS LANDING, Calif.—California marine scientists are collecting samples from sea mammals around the state to in an effort to create a map of toxic hot spots. Marine Mammal Center researchers plan to use 10 years of data collected from the… Read More ›
What About Sea Otters & Seismic Blasts?
Editor’s Note: Carol Georgi is the California Central Coast marine Sanctuary Alliance Coordinator. She is active in halting the proposed PG&E Seismic Testing proposal along the Central Coast. Her concern, as shown in this letter to the US Fish and… Read More ›