Monday, August 16, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
From a population of around 300,000, sea otters were decimated by the fur trade. By 1910 their numbers dropped to 2,000 or so individuals in a fraction of their original range. While still listed as an endangered species, in Esperanza Inlet they have made a significant comeback. I counted at least 26 in one "raft" with several other individuals scattered around. They have eaten much of the local populations of crab, sea urchin and shell fish. Balance in nature takes time and we can only hope that humans will allow it to happen as the otter reestablish their native range, distributing themselves down the coast as they deplete their local food sources.