Saturday, November 15, 2008
(Photo: Monterey Bay Otter eating a crab by Jane Vargas of Monterey Bay Photos. Permission requested.)
Hunters swept through California waters in the 1800s and killed thousands of southern sea otters for their luxurious fur. The species was nearly wiped out, but a tiny group of 32 otters survived near Big Sur. Their existence was kept secret by nature lovers until 1938. The feisty little critters at Monterey Bay Aquarium are descendants of that small group.
(Video: The Monterey Aquarium program to assist in the recovery of sea otters)