Sea Otters

Sea otters are the smallest marine mammal and are a maximum of 100 pounds and ~5 feet in length. Sea otters have well rounded teeth adapted for crushing shells of crabs, urchins, and other invertebrates. Sea otters use rocks as tools to dislodge prey and break open their food. They tend to stay in open waters gathering and "rafting" together in groups. There are isolated populations in British Columbia, Washington, California, and Alaska and can be found in offshore kelp beds, rocky inlets, and reefs. Learn more about the Northern sea otters in WA and the Southern sea otters in California.

Sea Otters are managed under US Fish and Wildlife. To report a dead Sea Otter in WA/OR please visit: http://www.fws.gov/wafwo/strandings.html or in California visit: http://www.werc.usgs.gov/seaotterstranding