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  1. Handbook of Marine Mammals - Vol 1: The Walrus, Sea Lions, Fur Seals and Sea Otter
  2. The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) : behavior, ecology, and natural history (SuDoc I 49.89/2:90 (14)) by Marianne Riedman, 1991
  3. The Amazing Sea Otter by Scheffer, 1981
  4. Sea Otter by Julian May, 1980-03
  5. Ocean keepers: California's sea otters are mysteriously dying in record numbers. How could their decline affect other ocean life?(LIFE: ECOSYSTEMS)(Cover Story): An article from: Science World by Britt Norlander, 2005-04-18
  6. The Sea Otter (Endangered Species of America, Book 4)
  7. Hunting The Sea Otter (1910) by Alexander Allan, 2007-10-22
  8. Tuk, the Timid: The Story of a Sea Otter by Jean G Howard, 1984
  9. The Stry of Sea Otters by William Johnson, 1973-10-12
  10. The Amazing Sea Otter by Victor B. Scheffer, 1981-09
  11. The Sea Otter's Struggle by Jane H. Bailey, 1980
  12. Jane Goodall's Animal World: Sea Otters (Jane Goodall's animal world) by Ruth Ashby, 1990-05
  13. Sea Otters (Nature's Children. Set 7) by Bridget Giles, 2001-04
  14. HABITS OF THE SOUTHERN SEA OTTER. by E. M. Fisher, 1939

81. Planet Ark : Faltering Alaska Sea Otters Get New Protections
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Faltering Alaska Sea Otters get New Protections Mail this story to a friend Printer friendly version USA: August 11, 2005
ANCHORAGE - Western Alaska's vanishing sea otter population will get new protections under the Endangered Species Act, federal officials said on Tuesday.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will list the otter population, which has dwindled by about two-thirds since the 1980s, as a threatened species. The listing, which will take effect in 30 days, will allow the Fish and Wildlife Service to launch a recovery plan, starting with studies to determine what is hurting the otter population, said Bruce Woods, an agency spokesman. One environmentalist who has been trying for five years to secure Endangered Species Act protections for the otters said he was glad to see them at last. But it took the filing of a lawsuit two months ago to prompt the action, said Brent Plater, attorney for the San Francisco-based Center for Biological Diversity.

82. ABC News: Alaska Sea Otters To Get U.S. Protection
Alaska sea otters, Facing Population Decline, to Get Federal Protection About 100 sea otters a year are taken by subsistence hunters in Alaska,

83. Fisheries And Oceans Canada | Pacific Region | Consultation Secretariat | Sea Ot
The Sea Otter Recovery Team and Fisheries and Oceans Canada held a series of The Recovery Action Plan for sea otters in Canada will detail the specific
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Plan Workshops Sea Otter Action Plan Workshops The Sea Otter Recovery Team and Fisheries and Oceans Canada held a series of coastal workshops between February 7 - February 21, 2004 to draft a Recovery Action Plan for Sea Otters. Sea Otters in BC are classified as Threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).
Under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), an 'Action Plan' is required as the second component in a 2-part recovery process. The Recovery Action Plan for Sea Otters in Canada will detail the specific activities being recommended to implement the National Recovery Strategy for Sea Otters in Canada that was drafted in 2003 as the scientific basis to recovering this Species At Risk.
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The sessions had three purposes: 1) Provide information about sea otter recovery planning in BC, particularly on the development of a

84. IGN Boards - Trouble Getting Sea Otters Show Tank To Work
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85. Sea Otters Benefit From Medical School Research
In recent years, California sea otters have been dying in increasing numbers In sea otters, however, toxoplasmosis can result in a fatal brain infection
Stanford Report, March 17, 2004 Sea otters benefit from medical school research
Marine mammal's population is dropping because of infectious disease By MITZI BAKER It's not often that School of Medicine researchers get to apply their expertise to creatures other than humans, but John Boothroyd, PhD, recently had the chance to collaborate with a team led by UC-Davis to search for clues about an infection that kills sea otters.
In recent years, California sea otters have been dying in increasing numbers. Part of the problem is attributed to infectious diseases such as toxoplasmosis.
Toxoplasma gondii is perhaps the most wide-spread parasite on earth, said Boothroyd, professor of microbiology and immunology, who has studied the single-celled organism for years. Almost any warm-blooded animal can be infected, including humans, but it rarely causes symptoms except in the severely immune compromised and in developing fetuses.
In sea otters, however, toxoplasmosis can result in a fatal brain infection.

86. Click: Sea Otters At Home
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Save a personal copy of this article and quickly find it again with It's free! Save it. Eating, washing up, playing, and even sleeping-sea otters do everything at sea! The harsh winds and big waves of the open ocean can be dangerous for sea otters. So, they usually stay within a mile or two of shore. Their favorite places to live are in the kelp forests that grow just off the coasts of California and Alaska. Kelp is a type of seaweed that anchors itself to the sea bottom and grows up toward the sunshine at the water's surface. Many tall fronds of kelp sway together, side by side, creating a beautiful underwater "forest." A kelp forest is a home for fish, clams, crabs, octopuses, sea urchins, and especially for sea otters. Sea otters can find plenty of food in a kelp forest. They dive to the bottom to hunt for clams and sea urchins. Like people, sea otters need to breathe air. But they can hold their breath underwater for two minutes or more.

87. Sea Otter Physical Appearance
sea otters are the smallest marine mammals. sea otters are members of the The sea otter uses air trapped between their hairs to keep it insulated in
Sea otters are the smallest marine mammals. Sea otters are members of the weasel or Mustelidae family and are closely related to the mink and river otters. Since otters spend most of their time in the water, their hind feet are webbed and adapted for swimming. Their front feet have short toes used to grab and handle food. Sea otters are very clumsy on land and can usually seen only a few meters from the water. Length and Weight : Adult male sea otters weigh 70-90 pounds with some individuals reaching 100 pounds. Adult female sea otters weigh approximately 40-60 pounds. Adults grow to be about 4.5 feet. Fur : A sea otters fur is the thickest and finest of any mammal. They have 850,000 to 1,000,000 hairs per square inch consisting of two layers, an undercoat and longer guard hairs. The sea otter uses air trapped between their hairs to keep it insulated in cold waters. If the hair gets soiled with substances such as oil, insulation is lost and the sea otter has trouble maintaining body heat. For this reason, sea otters spend much of their time grooming themselves in order to keep their fur in good condition. Color : A sea otter's undercoat ranges from brown to almost black in color. Guard hairs may be silver, pale brown or black. Older otters tend to have a silvery head.

88. Friends Of The Sea Otter - Sea Otter Information
Friends of the sea Otter 125 Ocean View Blvd, Suite 204 Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Phone 831373-2747 Fax 831-373-2749 E-Mail

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  • 89. OTTERNET.COM Species Profiles- Sea Otter
    Otternet was formed to help educate people on otters providing a wealth of facts not found anywhere else on the web. It is the official otternet.





    Species Profile: Sea Otter
    Enhydra lutris
    The sea Otter is perhaps the best known otters. When you think of an otter, most probably the first thing that comes to your mind is the cute, cuddily face of the Southern Sea Otter. There are, in fact, two kinds of Sea Otters, Southern Sea Otters, which live more to the south than Alaskan Sea Otters. Other than the distinction in size and habitat, they are very much alike.
    Sea Otters are unique marine mammals in that they use tools such as rocks to open their prey such as the shells of abalone. These social otters float in rafts in the Pacific Ocean just offshore. They have extraordinarily dense fur to keep them warm and are the heaviest otter species.
    Next: North American River Otter Galleries Bottom Size From the head to the body it is 550 mm. to 1300 mm., the tail is 125 mm. to 330 mm., making the total length from 675 mm. to 1630 mm. Now that is BIG! Sea Otters are the heaviest of all the otters, and with the males weighing up to 45 kg that is not hard to believe. Feet The Sea Otter has small fore paws that have no noticeable fingers. The back paws look a lot like flippers because of the webbed toes. When swimming underwater, the Sea Otter is a great navigator. The hind feet push the sea otter foward in great swoops, and the front paws pull it along. The paws do not look really sensitive or manipulative, but surprisingly they are quite agile. Sea Otters have short semi-retractable claws on their paws. The otters can rub, roll, pull, and twist with lots of strength. They are agile enough to take buttons, belts, rings, and things in pockets with ease that only comes from pickpockets. The Sea Otter will use its paws to stash food from the bottom of the ocean in baggy pockets of skin under its forelegs. Once back on the top, floating comfortably on its back and anchored to kelp, the Otter will retrieve the food, sometimes opening it with a rock on its belly, and enjoy its meal.

    90. - Wildlife Agency Caught Between Fishermen And Otters - August 7, 2000
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    91. CNN - Balance Sought In Sea Otter Conflict - March 24, 1999

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    Balance sought in sea otter conflict
    Lacking blubber, sea otters consume 25 percent or more of their body weight in shellfish meat daily
    March 24, 1999
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    What's more important to the coastal ecosystem, sea otters or shellfish? And is it possible for them both to coexist? These are the questions California marine officials are currently debating. Because sea otters have the capacity to practically decimate shellfish populations, California fishing groups are concerned that the shellfish industry, worth more than $100 million, may be at risk from these fuzzy creatures. They are appealing to the California Fish and Game Commission and state to take an active role in finding a solution to the mushrooming conflict between shellfish resources, fisheries and sea otters. The 2,000 sea otters living in California, are listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. In 1986, a zonal management system that designated sea otter protection zones and otter-free shellfishing areas was established by Congress. It was suggestion by the Marine Mammal Commission and followed more than 20 years of controversy and debate. The legislation intended both to foster California sea otter recovery and protect valuable southern California shellfish resources from otter predation.

    92. Friends Of The Sea Otter (FSO)
    Home page of Friends of the sea Otter, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the threatened sea otter.

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    Friends of the Sea Otter (FSO) is an advocacy group dedicated to actively working with state and federal agencies to maintain the current protections for sea otters as well as to increase and broaden these preservation efforts. We wish to inspire the public at large about the otters' unique behavior and habitat. During the fur trade of the 18th and 19th centuries, southern sea otters were hunted to near extinction. Today only about 2,200 otters can be found off California's central coast. Since January 1977, US Fish and Wildlife Service has placed sea otters on the Endangered Species list so they are protected by state and federal laws.
    For Information about our FREE IN-SCHOOL PROGRAM ( click here Would you like to join Friends of the Sea Otter and help us protect this remarkable animal? Please click here to SIGN UP AS A NEW MEMBER . You will receive an immediate 15% Discount on any purchases you make when you SHOP AT OUR ONLINE STORE . All membership dues, donations and profits from our retail and online sales directly support FSO’s ongoing advocacy and educational programs. For Information about the Southern Sea Otter ( in English )
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    93. Weclome
    Has information about the club, its structures and policies; also news, calendar and club shop. This Wiltshire club offers learnto-swim, competitive swimming, life-saving and masters sections.

    94. ADW: Mustelidae: Information
    The mustelids are by far the largest family of Carnivora, including weasels, stoats, polecats, ferrets, mink, marten, fishers, tayras, wolverines, grisons, badgers, skunks, otters, and others.
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    Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Subphylum Vertebrata Class Mammalia Order Carnivora Family Mustelidae
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    (badgers, otters, skunks, weasels, and relatives)

    editLink('skunkworks/.accounts/200506052111') 2005/09/24 02:54:23.500 GMT-4 By Matt Wund Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Subphylum: Vertebrata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Mustelidae Members of this Family
    Mustelidae is the largest family within Carnivora and is comprised of 56 species in 22 genera. Members of this family include weasels, stoats, polecats, mink, marten, fishers, wolverines, otters, badgers and others. While many authors have traditionally considered skunks a subfamily within Mustelidae , recent molecular evidence indicates that skunks do not lie within the mustelid group and instead are recognized as a single family, Mephitidae , a systematic understanding which is accepted here (Dragoo and Honeycutt, 1997; Flynn et al., 2005; Marmi et. al., 2004; Sato et. al., 2003; Sato et. al., 2004). Dragoo and Honeycutt, 1997

    95. Sea Otter -- Kids' Planet -- Defenders Of Wildlife
    Includes information about the life span, habitat, size, and diet of the sea otter.
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    STATUS: California, or southern, sea otters are listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and “fully protected” under California state law. No other U.S. otter population is currently listed under the ESA. In 2003, there is a push to list a stock of the Alaskan sea otters, or northern sea otters, as “endangered” under the ESA. In Canada , the otter population in British Columbia is classified as “threatened” by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). All of the otters in the U.S. are protected under the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). DESCRIPTION: The sea otter has the thickest fur in the animal kingdom. Unlike other marine mammals, the sea otter does not have a layer of blubber (fat) to help keep it warm. If an otter’s fur gets coated with oil or any other substance, it can easily die from cold and exposure. SIZE: The sea otter is the largest member of the weasel family. Southern sea otters typically reach about four feet in length. Females average 45 pounds, while males average 65 pounds. Northern sea otters can reach up to 100 pounds.

    96. Programmers: Otters With Rocks? | Tech News On ZDNet
    Discusses historical move from low level languages to higher level interpreted ones, productivity, future developments. Active feedback response. ZDNet News
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    Programmers: Otters with rocks?
    By Stephan Somogyi, ZDNet News
    Published on ZDNet News: May 9, 2001, 5:00 PM PT
    COMMENTARYWhen I first began programming, I wrote software in 68k assembler. I was one of those hardcore cycle-shavers who knew the fastest way to clear a data register was with a moveq rather than a clr, or whether a branch taken was faster than an untaken one (which depended on whether it was a short or long branch). I ultimately had to be forced to learn a higher-level language Modula-2 since I was perfectly comfortable with what I was doing, and felt that I was plenty productive. Reading Unreal developer Tim Sweeney's exegesis on programming languages about a year ago brought back many memories. Having recently re-read it, it started me thinking about what the next step in programming language evolution is going to be.

    97. Sea Otter
    National Parks Conservation Association provides wildlife factsheets about animals found in our national parks.>> Marine Wildlife
    American Alligator ... Make a Difference SEA OTTER (Enhydra lutris)
    The sea otter has the thickest fur in the animal kingdom. Status: Threatened off California. Population: Today there are fewer than 2,000 southern sea otters off the coast of California. Almost 150,000 northern sea otters inhabit the coastline of Alaska, and there are approximately 9,000 in Russia (Siberia). Two hundred years ago, demand for the otter's pelt nearly led to its extinction. Threats: Oil spills, habitat loss, plastic entanglement, and conflict with abalone fishermen. Survival: The average sea otter lives 10 or 11 years.
    Unlike other marine mammals, the sea otter does not have a layer of blubber (fat) to help keep it warm. If an otter's fur gets coated with oil or any other substance, the otter can easily die from cold and exposure. The sea otter is the largest member of the weasel family. Southern sea otters typically reach about four feet in length. Females average 45 pounds, while males average 65 pounds. Alaskan or northern sea otters can reach up to 100 pounds.

    98. Of Otters And Men
    Relaxed musings about the author's involvement in furry fandom.
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    This is the bit where my work colleagues would probably tell you to run away. If you wander off to do a websearch for the word `furry', you're certain to encounter a number of sites describing Furry Fandom, a very broad grouping which currently seems to include anyone who's read Watership Down once or twice and thought it was good, all the way up to people who believe themselves to be wolves born to parents of the wrong species, and who try to work that out in every area of their lives, apart from using the internet, taking advantage of advances in medical science, getting well-paid jobs in California's computer industry, etc. My interest probably sits around the middle of the camp. I'm interested in mammals, particularly carnivores, particularly mustelids (the weasel family). I used to be wildly interested in foxes, learning all the different species, their latin names, some of their behaviours and locales, until one Christmas day, just after I'd been asked to set the table with the good silver. I found myself gazing at the wall of the dining room, not thinking of awfully much, when suddenly my enthusiasm for all things vulpine was removed - exactly as if someone had pulled my brain's Nintendo cartridge - and replaced with an equal focus on otters and other weasels. I enjoy cartoons (who doesn't) and I'm likely to be more sympathetic to a mediocre comic strip which involves talking animals than to one just involving humans. I particularly like ones where the animals talk, even talk with the humans, but they're still treated like animals: flea collars, eating from a bowl, etc. These include

    99. Tracking Otters
    Guide to enjoying river otters based on personal experiences on an island in the St. Lawrence River.
    identification habitat behavior Tracking Otters: How to Find Them and Maybe Understand What They Are All About but please don't trap and kill them. What you want to do is be trapped by the otters. That's happened several times to me. I'll see their tracks and signs and situate myself in just the right spot where one or a half dozen otters will freeze me in my tracks. Then I can't escape the lessons they give me, and I'll try to share those lessons with you. I saw that fellow above after noticing his tracks over a dam for about a week. Then late one morning I was pondering the new tracks in the mud of the dam, looked down stream, and here he came. Then after he scooted by me, he was chased by the critter that made the dam. I learned a lot that day. (Scroll down below and read about a recent encounter) Since 1994 I have been hiking with a camcorder on an island in the St. Lawrence River just east of Lake Ontario, and all the photos on this web page were lifted from those videos. Maybe not the best quality but in the image below you can still make out the six otters on the lodge two heads together, two tails and two embracing!

    100. Seattle Otters Water Polo
    Includes schedule, practice information, history, statistics, news, photos, philanthropic participation, affiliations, and results of the 2001 International Open.

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