Splish Splash! #Repost from @seattleaquarium Ever wonder what sea otters are doing while they're spinning around in the water? They're grooming! Sea otters spend about 15% of the day grooming their fur by rolling and whirling in the water to remove food scraps and debris. #youotterknow #seaotterawarenessweek #soaw2017 #seaotters
Hope everyone is enjoying Sea Otter Awareness Week! Did you know that sea otters have the thickest fur of any animal?! In fact, sea otters have as many as 1 million hairs per square inch on the densest parts of their body, and they keep their coats meticulously clean! Since sea otters don't have blubber, they rely on their thick fur coats to stay warm. #soaw2017 #youotterknow
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Rick Lanman
· December 17, 2017
The site is a very useful resource for the latest information and publications regarding the sea otter.

Sea otters are known as the “protector of the kelp beds!” As a keystone species, sea otters play a critical role in maintaining the structure of nearshore marine ecosystems by protecting kelp forests from rising sea urchin populations. Sea otters are a predator of sea urchins and keep their population in balance. In fact, studies show that kelp forests with higher rates of sea otters present can absorb up to 12 times more CO2 from the atmosphere than if they were just left to the urchins. And because kelp is one of the most effective sequesters of carbon dioxide, more kelp means a healthier planet!!

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Alaskan lawmakers are attempting to remove Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) protections for sea otters in Southeast Alaska - allowing for more otters to be killed. FSO will continue to monitor this concerning issue and fight to ensure all vulnerable populations retain critical federal protections. Read the full article to learn more.

Fishermen and subsistence shellfish gatherers say the otters compete with them for seafood.
Outside the safety of the kelp forest, California sea otters are being picked off by sharks.

Calling all Californians!! There is just about one month left to file your taxes, which means there is just about one month left to raise as much money for sea otter conservation as possible!! When it comes time to file, please consider donating a portion of your return to the California Sea Otter Tax Fund. All funds received support conservation, research, and education for one of Cali’s most important keystone species!

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Happy #WorldWildlifeDay!!! After this week’s court ruling saying no to the no-otter zone, there is so much to celebrate! But there is so much to remain concerned about as well. Between attacks on the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act/Marine Mammal Commission, climate change, and ocean pollution, sea otters and other threatened marine wildlife remain incredibly vulnerable. Donate to FSO today to support our critical work to protect this amazing keystone species!! Go to to donate today!

Thanks for all you do to protect wildlife!!!

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“The Court’s decision confirms that the Fish and Wildlife Service made the right decision to let sea otters expand their range naturally, without artificial barriers. If this species is to recover, wider distribution throughout the historic sea otter range is essential,” said Friends of the Sea Otter Board Chair Jennifer Covert. “It is gratifying the fight we have been involved for approximately two decades to end the no otter zone has now been confirmed by the courts.”

Click the following link to read the full press release prepared by Earthjustice, Friends of the Sea Otter, Defenders of Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States and Center for Biological Diversity!

For Immediate Release March 1, 2018 Contact: Andrea Treece, Earthjustice, (415) 217-2089, Court Calls Third Strike on Industry Challenges to Decision to End Failed Otter Translocation and “No Otter Zone” Program Court of Appeals upholds U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service decis...

Great news!! The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) 2012 decision to end the no-otter zone! This decision affirmed two lower court rulings (in 2015 and 2017) that also upheld the FWS decision.

Permanent termination of the no-otter zone is critical to sea otter range expansion along the southern California coast. FSO has been fighting for the permanent termination of the no-otter zone for years and we are thrilled with the Ninth Circuit's decision!

THANK YOU for supporting FSO's work to ensure the permanent termination of the no-otter zone!!

In a major victory for sea otters, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday ruled against bringing back a "no-otter zone" that used to stretch from Santa Barbara County to the Mexican border.

#sundayfunday! Sea otters are so adorable that sometimes it is easy to forget that the southern (California) sea otter is still on the Endangered Species list with a long road ahead to full recovery. There are only about 3,000 southern sea otters today, compared to the estimated 16,000 sea otters that existed in the area prior to the fur trade. Check out Sea Otter Savvy’s fun new music video to learn more about the history of the southern sea otter and how you can help protect them! Go to for more info.

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The snowstorm in Metro Vancouver has been a headache for commuters. But for the Vancouver Aquarium’s sea otters and their trainers, it’s a rare opportunity.On Friday, the aquarium&rsquo…
Whereas we might carry cell phones or tablets, each sea otter has a small, solar-powered tag clipped carefully to one of its flippers. When the sea otters gather to nap at the ocean’s surface, their tags boot up, and check in with one another. Who else did the sea otter interact with today, where,...

Keep the central Cali shores looking like this! Donate to California Sea Otter Tax Fund this tax season to support sea otter conservation!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Tag your significant otters! ❤️

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Our friends at Sea Otter Savvy teamed up with Wild Lens' Eyes on Conservation program to create this otterly awesome music video! The purpose of this video is to educate people about sea otters, with a specific message of how to interact with them in a respectful and safe manner. This music video is appropriate for all ages! Sing your heart out and learn to understand and appreciate sea otters. Let’s love them and give them space as they float!…/sea-otter-savvy-music-video/

Sea Otter Savvy Music Video Sea otters are an extremely unique species in that they have truly amazing traits that allow them to thrive in the ocean. Sea otters are... Read more »