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California Sea Otter Population Rises
















Sea otter advocates smiled this week at the release of the U.S. Geologic Survey’s spring census, which showed a 5.1% boost in individual otters from the 2010 count, a 1.5% increase in the more important three-year average, and the third highest pup tally on record.


The numbers are encouraging for the long struggling species, though conservationists express “cautious” optimism, as too many sea otters were victims of shark attacks, infections, and boat strikes, to consider the sea otter population recovered yet.





















“The recovery is still slow, [but] seeing an upward tick is better news than a downward tick,” said Jim Curland, advocacy program director with Friends of the Sea Otter.


Happy Ottersday ^_^

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