Wednesday/ about the sea otter

A sea otter.  AVG LIFE SPAN IN THE WILD: Up to 23 years, SIZE: 4 ft, WEIGHT: 65 lbs Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Archives

The Seattle Aquarium biologists are hosting a ‘Sea Otter Awareness’ day this weekend. Sea otters are native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean.

Once almost hunted to extinction for their fur (the densest fur on all animals), their numbers have improved over the last century, but they are still an endangered species. Sea otters keep sea urchin populations in check, which would otherwise inflict extensive damage to kelp forest ecosystems (information from Wikipedia).

I acted like a Seattle tourist today with Bryan, Dale and our friend Marina that was visiting (from St Petersburg, Russia. Wow!). This friendly sea otter is at Pier 56 on the Seattle waterfront.

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