Sneaky Scientists Save the California Sea Otter

A California sea otter mother and pup. Photo by Lilian Carswell, USFWS.
A California sea otter mother and pup. Photo by Lilian Carswell, USFWS.

If you’ve ever visited California, you’ve probably noted the adorable furry southern sea otter cruising along the shores. But did you know that this species was deemed extinct back in the 1900s due to the fur trade? When a team of biologists discovered a colony of the species still alive in a region hidden from plain sight, they kept their discovery secret. Read more about how their secrecy protected the California sea otter for future generations by checking out my latest article for The Super Fins, a marine education and conservation organization.

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