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Sure, wild sea otters are cute—but did you know they help promote recovery of seagrass beds in places like nearby Elkhorn Slough? In turn, those grasses provide an important habitat for young fish, protect shorelines from storms, and soak up carbon dioxide.
Boater Alert: Go Slow Around Sea Otters
With the start of California’s recreational salmon season only days away, we remind boaters to keep an eye out for sea otters and go slow in waters where otters hang out. By observing no-wake laws and being extra vigilant near harbors and kelp beds, boaters can do their part to prevent accidental boat strikes that kill and injure sea otters.
Go Slow In The Slough
The Aquarium, along with Moss Landing Harbor District, Friends of the Sea Otter and other local organizations, ask boaters heading out from Moss Landing Harbor and Elkhorn Slough to protect the resident population of sea otters. Otters in the harbor and slough form part of a research population that biologists have studied for years. Data from ongoing research studies could be important to the survival of this threatened species.
In the past decade, boat strikes have contributed to the deaths of 35 sea otters in California – many in coastal waters between Moss Landing and Santa Cruz. Most boat strike deaths occur in April and May, coinciding with increased boating activity and possibly the openings of salmon (April) and rockfish (May) seasons.
Every Otter Matters
Sea otters face a number of complicated threats to their recovery including disease, pollution and food availability, but deaths from boat strikes are easily preventable when boaters are attentive and maintain slower speeds.
Recreational salmon season opens Saturday, April 5, and runs until April 30. As in past years, volunteers with the Aquarium, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and other organizations will be out for opening weekend, talking with anglers before they launch and caution everyone to slow down.
Catch it now! Our friends at SeaOtters.com just added a live stream of their wild otter cam on Facebook. Earlier this morning we counted 20 otters in plain view! The cam was created thanks in part to your donations.
Want to watch sea otters live in the wild? SeaOtters.com just launched live streaming, every day of the year, from nearby Elkhorn Slough.
Go now: http://seaotters.com/live/
Get ready to watch live otters in the wild anytime from your computer! We’re happy to announce the campaign to build a live web cam in Elkhorn Slough reached its Kickstarter goal. Thanks to those that supported the campaign.
It’s National Estuaries Day! Why not celebrate with a visit to nearby Elkhorn Slough? Learn more and help conserve the Slough: http://www.elkhornslough.org/
How’d you like to see this everyday, from your computer? Just two days left to support a campaign to build a live web cam in Elkhorn Slough!
How do you care for, tag and study “feisty” sea otters in nearby Elkhorn Slough? Watch our own Dr. Mike Murray at work in this fascinating portrait in the “Santa Cruz Sentinel.” (Dan Coyro/Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Life in the slough—it’s a nice place to be….