August 27, 2013 Conservation. Washington State University
TO RESTORE LOST SEAGRASS, JUST ADD SOME OTTERS
According to a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, these adorable critters help counteract the harmful effects of fertilizer pollution.
Seagrass provides valuable marine habitat, sequesters carbon, and shields coastlines from storms. But nutrient run-off from farms can trigger overgrowth of algae, which then block sunlight from reaching the seagrass... http://conservationmagazine.org/2013/08/sea-otters-aid-seagrass-recovery/
The Scotsman, October 13, 2014
SCOTLAND: OTTERS DYING EARLY BECAUSE OF POISONED SEAS
Scottish otters are only living a third of the lifespan of those on mainland Europe because of poisoned seas, a leading expert on the species has warned.
Zoologist Dr Paul Yoxon said chemicals in everyday products are accumulating in fish and shellfish on which the mammals feed, weakening their immune systems.
The zoologist, who runs the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) on Skye with his biologist wife Grace, said hormone-disrupting chemicals, commonly found in shampoos and plastics, are also believed to be behind shrinking genitals of the male otter, affecting reproduction rates...http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/otters-dying-early-because-of-poisoned-seas-1-3570722
Summit Voice, October 11, 2014
CAN SEA OTTERS BOUNCE BACK FROM THE BRINK?
National Geographic, April 12, 2013
NEW DISEASES, TOXINS HARMING MARINE LIFE
Quest TV, January 24, 2014
SEA OTTERS HELP MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/sea-otters-urchins-kelp-climate-change/
April 26, 2013 - Australian Broadcasting Company
THE VANISHING UNDERWATER JUNGLES
Giant jungles of kelp were once so thick on Australia's East Coast, they were included on shipping maps. But scientists say the kelp's demise is linked to climate change - and the prognosis is poor for marine habitats.....http://sco.lt/7HTzIP
NEW STUDY TO EXAMINE ECOLOGICAL TIPPING POINTS IN HOPES OF PREVENTING THEM http://sco.lt/5ZskCX
SOME MONSTER IS HUNTING MONTEREY'S ADORABLE, ENDANGERED SEA OTTERS http://sfist.com/2014/03/24/some_monster_is_hunting_montereys_a.php
Scientific American, March 05, 2014
25 YEARS AFTER EXXON VALDEZ SPILL, SEA OTTERS RECOVERED IN ALASKA'S PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2014/03/05/exxon-valdez-sea-otters-recovered/
"SAVING OTTER 501"
LOVELY VIDEO, PBS Nature, Full Episode
California Otters facing myriad of survival issues, including pollution, overfishing http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/saving-otter-501/saving-otter-501/8446/
▶ THE CURSE OF PETROLEUM-BASED CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS http://sco.lt/4iAdazl
NEW DISEASES, TOXINS HARMING MARINE LIFE http://sco.lt/7Cnj61
MAINTAINING HEALTHY, BALANCED MARINE SYSTEMS ARE CRUCIAL FOR SPECIES SURVIVAL http://sco.lt/9MmsGP
THOUSANDS OF SEA LION PUPS DEAD FROM STARVATION: NOT ENOUGH FISH IN THE SEA http://sco.lt/6PSnNx
OUR OCEANS ARE DYING - 90% OF BIG FISH ARE GONE http://sco.lt/8K5sy9
MORE THAN HALF OF U.S. RIVERS ARE TOO POLLUTED TO SUPPORT LIFE http://sco.lt/5Gpafx
THE CURSE OF PETROLEUM, CHEMICAL-BASED INDUSTRIAL FARM FERTILIZERS http://sco.lt/7uzkCf
DEEP SEA MINING 'GOLD RUSH' MOVES CLOSER, DEVASTATING OCEAN SEABEDS, DESTROYING UNKNOWN ECOSYSTEMS http://sco.lt/5tF4s5