|5.5 x 6" acrylic painting|
Before sea otter were reintroduced here the kelp beds were drastically reduced by sea urchin, making a huge difference in the balance of life in the entire ecosystem. Now that otter have reestablished locally, their voracious appetite for urchin has restored the offshore kelp forests. Balance is a tenuous thing though and the otter have also made their presence known by the relative decrease in clams & crab, other favorite meals. It will be interesting to see how the impacts of climate change effect the ying and yang of the Pacific fringe.