Sea Otter Population Changes in California

Beverly Bautista, Mike Lopez and Erin Turack

Sea Otter playing in the kelp

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This is the story of Shelly the sea otter.  She lives in the Pacific Ocean off the shores of southern California.  Right now she's basking in the sun, holding herself in place by wrapping the kelp around her body.  She has many sea otter friends that live in the area today, but they face many hazards because of humans.  What might those hazards be?  Sea otters were on the brink of extinction just 40 years ago, with only 38 remaining in California. Today there are many  How many?  Will it last or will Shelly and her friends still be in danger of not passing on life?

To learn more about sea otter:

Sea Otters on the Center for Biological Diversity

The Monteray Bay Aquarium Focus on Sea Otters

 Friends of Sea Otters

To learn more about our ocean and the sea life within it:

UN Atlas of Oceans

San Diego's Ocean