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2009-01-20 11:09:34

Sea otters living along the central California coast risk higher exposure to disease-causing parasites as a consequence of the food they eat and where they feed. Sea otters that eat small marine snails are at a higher risk of exposure to Toxoplasma gondii, a potentially deadly protozoal pathogen, than animals that feed exclusively on other prey, while sea otters living along the coast near San Simeon and Cambria are more at risk than sea otters that live outside this area. Similarly, sea...

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2008-10-17 14:15:00

Thousands of abandoned nets and crab pots remain in Puget Sound in Washington state after five years of efforts to remove them, officials said. The derelict fishing gear is believed to have killed 30,000 marine animals, including sea otters and other mammals and diving birds, the Seattle Times reported. One net pulled up last week contained bird bones and the remains of star fish and mollusks. The nets and pots, designed to trap marine animals, can get caught on reefs and continue their...

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2008-10-06 10:10:00

Eagles shift their diet from aquatic marine animals to birds Sea otters are known as a keystone species, filling such an important niche in ocean communities that without them, entire ecosystems can collapse. Scientists are finding, however, that sea otters can have even farther-reaching effects that extend to terrestrial communities and alter the behavior of another top predator: the bald eagle. In nearshore marine communities, towering kelp can reach heights of 250 feet and function much...

2008-08-08 12:00:24

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California State Legislature unanimously approved a resolution officially proclaiming the last week in September as Sea Otter Awareness Week throughout California. "Sea Otter Awareness Week is about informing people of the threats that sea otters still face every day and about what concerned citizens can do to help sea otters make a thriving comeback," said Jim Curland, marine program associate for Defenders of Wildlife. "Education...

2008-07-02 12:00:00

By David Sneed, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Jul. 1--A new federal report confirms that California's sea otter population is growing, albeit at a slower rate in recent years. Averaged over three years, the population grew by a tiny 0.3 percent over the past year, according to the results of the most recent annual population survey of the southern sea otter. The iconic coastal species is listed as threatened on the endangered species list. This year's individual survey...

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2008-06-02 14:45:00

Researchers at California Polytechnic State University have discovered what may be a clue to the mystery of why marine mammals around the world are succumbing to a parasite that is typically only associated with cats. The key may just be the lowly anchovy, according to research presented today at the 108th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston.Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite which causes toxoplasmosis, considered to be the third leading cause of death...

2008-02-16 14:24:50

Hunted to near extinction, sea otters are making a steady comeback along the Pacific coast. Their reintroduction, however, is expected to reduce the numbers of several key species of commercially valuable shellfish dramatically, such as sea urchins and geoducks. Despite of this potential conflict, Kai Chan, an NSERC-funded researcher at the University of British Columbia, believes there is a way to ensure Canadian First Nations fishers can benefit from the otters' presence. "Efforts to...

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2008-01-14 18:24:38

SANTA CRUZ, CA -- Ecologists have long observed that when food becomes scarce, animal populations exploit a wider range of food sources. So scientists studying southern sea otters at different sites in California's coastal waters were not surprised to find that the dietary diversity of the population is higher where food is limited. But this diversity was not reflected in the diets of individual sea otters, which instead showed dietary specialization in response to limited food. The new...

2006-02-20 08:10:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent ST. LOUIS -- A parasite carried in cat droppings may be killing otters off the California coast, researchers said on Saturday. Other studies on marine mammals released on Saturday found that a virus may be causing cancer in seals and toxins from red tides that are a known threat to the endangered manatee may also harm people. The otter study may help explain why populations of the frisky animals have not recovered from the 19th-century fur...

2006-02-18 18:09:18

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A parasite carried in cat droppings may be killing otters off the California coast, researchers said on Saturday. Other studies on marine mammals released on Saturday found that a virus may be causing cancer in seals and toxins from red tides that are a known threat to the endangered manatee may also harm people. The otter study may help explain why populations of the frisky animals have not recovered from the...


Latest Sea otter Reference Libraries

Marine Otter, Lontra feline
2012-12-28 15:09:41

The marine otter (Lontra feline) is a member of the weasel family, and can be found in South America. It prefers a habitat in rocky coastal areas, with a range that includes the entire coastline of Chile and extends to southern Peru and Argentina. It has been found on the Falkland Islands, but individuals here do not represent a constant population. Unlike other species of otter, the marine otter chooses to live near waters with high winds and swells. It may use caves and crevices as dens,...

Steller Sea Lion, Eumetopias jubatus
2012-11-01 07:34:19

The Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) is a species that can be found in the northern Pacific. It is also known as Steller's sea lion or the northern sea lion and is the only member of its genus, Eumetopias. Its range stretches from Gulf of Alaska to the Sea of Okhotsk and the Kuril Islands in Russia. Its southern range includes Año Nuevo Island near California. Although it once bred as far south as the Channel Islands, it has not been seen there since the 1980’s. Traditionally,...

Spotted-necked Otter, Hydrictis maculicollis
2012-05-18 14:35:16

The spotted-necked otter (Hydrictis maculicollis) is native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is sometimes called the speckle-throated otter. It can be found throughout Zambia and in Lake Victoria. Despite the abundance of suitable habitats, these otters are not found in east Africa or below Victorian Falls in Zambezi. They prefer to live around lakes or large rivers. Although the range of this otter is quite large, bushmeat hunting, habitat destruction, and pollution are causing populations to...

Oriental Small-clawed Otter, Aonyx cinerea
2012-05-18 14:29:41

The oriental small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinerea) is also known as the Asian small-clawed otter. The range of this otter includes Burma, Bangladesh, India, Taiwan, Laos, southern China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia. This otter was thought to be a single member in the genus Amblonyx, but it has been recently classified as Aonyx due to research on its mitochondrial DNA. The oriental small-clawed otter prefers to live in freshwater wetlands and mangrove swamps...

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2009-02-16 19:21:24

The African Clawless Otter (Aonyx capensis), also known as the Cape Clawless Otter or Groot Otter, is a species of freshwater otter found through most of sub-Saharan Africa, except for the Congo basin and other arid areas. They are found near permanent bodies of water in savannah and lowland forests. They can also be found anywhere from open coastal plains, to semiarid regions, to dense forest areas. Logs, branches, and loose foliage greatly appeal to the otter as it provides shelter, shade...

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