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The story of sea otters and the kelp ecosystem is complex. Explore the history, culture, and science surrounding this iconic species.

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Fur Trade History

During the peak of the fur trade, the sea otter was the most valued and sought after pelt in the world – a demand that led to its disappearance in Oregon and near-extinction across its range.
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Science

Explore sea otter natural history, ecology, conservation and policy AND the kelp ecosystem.
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In Culture

Sea otters continue to be an important part of the culture of Pacific coast indigenous people.
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Our Plan

A possible reintroduction of sea otters will require careful analysis, coordination, and outreach before any decisions are made.
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Status

Sea otters disappeared along the Oregon coast over a century ago, however several recovered populations and subspecies exist across the pacific region.
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More Resources

Want to take a deeper dive into sea otter scientific literature and other resources?
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