Return of the Sea Otter by Todd McLeish
The Story of the Animal That Evaded Extinction on the Pacific Coast

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The author also explains the complications of the relationships among the various protected marine mammals: in some places, the main enemy of the otters is the killer whale. A cautiously hopeful and well-researched tribute to an animal easy for most humans to love.
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A science journalist's journey along the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska to track the status, health, habits, personality, and viability of sea otters--the appealing species unique to this coastline that was hunted to near extinction in the 18th and 19th centuries.

These adorable, furry marine mammals--often seen floating on their backs holding hands--reveal the health of the coastal ecosystem along the Pacific Ocean. Once hunted for their prized fur during the 1700s and 1800s, these animals nearly went extinct. Only now, nearly a century after hunting ceased, are populations showing stable growth in some places. Sea otters are a keystone species in coastal areas, feeding on sea urchins, clams, crab, and other crustaceans. When they are present, kelp beds are thick and healthy, providing homes for an array of sealife. When otters disappear, sea urchins take over, and the kelp disappears along with all of the creatures that live in the beds. Now, thanks to their protected status, sea otters are making a comeback in California, Washington, and Alaska.
 

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Published March 20, 2018 by Sasquatch Books. 255 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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The author also explains the complications of the relationships among the various protected marine mammals: in some places, the main enemy of the otters is the killer whale. A cautiously hopeful and well-researched tribute to an animal easy for most humans to love.

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