Sea Otters, Kelp, and Killer Whales

Learning more about sea otters can help rescue the animals and save coastal ecosystems.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM March 22, 2004

Walk along a wild, rocky stretch of the Washington State coast and you might catch a glimpse of a furry creature bobbing on its back in the waves. The basking animal is likely to be a sea otter.

"They're the teddy bears of the ocean," says C.J. Casson. He's curator of mammals and birds at the Seattle Aquarium.

A sea otter lolling in the water.

A sea otter lolling in the water.

Seattle Aquarium

Floating on a bed of seaweed or cracking a clam on its chest, a sea otter looks as if it doesn't have a care in the world. Otter ...

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