The outcome of the spring sea otter survey has been recently announced, and the researchers have reasons to celebrate. According to the new count, there is a significant increase in the number of the sea otter population, which surpasses the record number in almost eighty years. It seems like now there are over three thousand sea otter individuals in the wild.
The spring sea otter survey was released by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The exact number of sea otter individuals reaches now 3,272. This a real accomplishment for organizations such as Friends of the Sea Otter, which have been making efforts to rescue the threatened animals.
According to officials sources, the sea otters must exceed three thousand individuals at least for three annually surveys in a row. This will gain them a new status, that of a rescued species. For the moment, sea otters are considered to be animals threatened to become extinct.
Wildlife advocates will continue their programs, which aim to protect sea otters. They are confident that they will succeed in saving the marine mammals. Sea otters are key elements in the aquatic food chain and ecosystems, so their presence in our waters is extremely important.
The results of the spring sea otter survey came just in time for a special event, namely the Sea Otter Awareness week. It is being organized this week by SeaWorld, it began on Sunday, and it will last until the end of the week. Organizers intend to celebrate one of the most beloved marine mammals in the world and draw people’s attention to the sea otters’ status and needs.
Sea otters are threatened by factors such as marine predators (sharks), human hunters who trade their fur, and pollution. Climate change also plays and important role in the decreasing results regarding sea otters’ populations which have been registered so far.
However, specialists are very optimistic about the recent results, as well as about the future of the species. Although it will take them a while to restore the populations with hundred of thousands of individuals, like they used to be, it is most likely that environmentalists will reach promising results quite soon.
Sea otters are small marine animals. They have round ears and a very thick fur, which stands as a significant prey for poachers. Most of the individuals live in the Pacific Ocean, but people can also admire them in animal parks.
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