Morro Bay Otters

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Morro Bay Otters
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By Patti Gutshall

Two otters in Morro Bay.

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Flicka Feb 24, 2018 04:50 PM
Morro Bay Otters

Patti, I always enjoy your photos. This one is especially nice, thanks.

sea dog Feb 24, 2018 09:05 AM
Morro Bay Otters

Sea Otters only eat sea urchins with something in them from eating kelp. Most urchins are walking around trying to find kelp. In order to 'save' a kelp forest, sea otters would have to visit kelp beds regularly like sea urchin divers do. Sea otters tend to move around because they would starve if they didn't. W/o regular harvest, sea urchins will create an urchin barrens and all starve (like in 'no take' zones). Sea otters do not eat starving, empty sea urchins that are ALWAYS trying to find the closest kelp bed ...

a-1573655600 Feb 23, 2018 08:28 PM
Morro Bay Otters

I once saw a pair of sea otters from atop the cliffs at the Wilcox Property. That was over ten years ago. I told no one, knowing that if any fishermen got wind of otters in local waters, it might present a danger to the otters. A bit later, I talked with a Santa Barbara woman who was considered to be quite knowledgeable about sea otters. She told me people knew the otters were there, but, like me, those who knew tried not to broadcast the news. The otters didn't last long, however. There has been an otter sighting just a bit up the coast from here. I hope that otter stays safe.

TWOSCOOPS Feb 23, 2018 09:30 AM
Morro Bay Otters

I love your photos, Patti Gutshall. Thank you for this one showing the cute mom otter's face. I'm glad they are coming south. Otters eat the sea urchins, thus saving kelp forests. This week's program of Blue Planet 2 has a segment on just that.

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