Posted by: cassandrabrooks | October 10, 2012

California Sea Otters: A gap in the Point Reyes ecosystem

Photo by Joe Robertson/Wikimedia

Sea otters once thrived off the entire west coast of North America. The kelp forests off of Point Reyes Seashore would have been prime otter habitat. But aside from the occasional wayward male, visitors at Point Reyes won’t see California sea otters today. They were hunted to the brink of extinction in the 18th and 19th centuries for their thick pelts. A small population has recovered off the coast of central California, yet they have failed to expand their range. But why? Join me as I talk to otter experts about the status of their populations and why Sea Otters have failed to expand their range throughout California. Video produced by Cassandra Brooks,Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Watch the video, here.


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