Friends of the Sea Otter

Otter Conservation Crusaders Sea otters spend their entire lives in the nearshore coastal waters as well as in estuarine habitats. They begin life as tiny bundles of fur weighing three to five pounds and spend the next 10 to 15 years foraging for food, resting, grooming, traveling, and frolicking at the surface.

From the outside, the life of the sea otter appears to be completely carefree: they spend much of their time socializing, eating, and grooming their unique pelts that are made up of 250,000 to 1 million hairs per square inch. It takes a lot of energy to be a sea otter, though, which is partly why they must be eating constantly. For a long time, the precious marine mammals were almost completely extinct.

Friends of the Sea Otter is a Monterey Bay-based organization that is committed to and advocates for the conservation of sea otters and the preservation of their habitat through education, research, and policy decisions that will ensure the long-term survival of this species. Part of the group's efforts are to raise public awareness of the lives of sea otters, from their unique tool-wielding culture to the state of the habitats that sustain them. Some of the organization's projects include marine water monitoring, a successful push to disable the no-sea-otter zone off the coast of southern California, fighting to protect the push to increase hunting of sea otters in Southeast Alaska as a means to mitigate fisheries conflicts, and the creation of a camera-outfitted monitoring station on Yampah Island within Elkhorn Slough, one of the most densely-populated habitats for southern sea otters.

In addition, Friends of the Sea Otter assists in organizing and coordinating the annual Sea Otter Awareness Week, which happens the last week in September.

P.O. Box 223260

Carmel, CA 93922


For more information, please contact Friends of the Sea Otter’s Advocacy Program Director, Jim Curland at

To learn more about the Friends of the Sea Otter, visit their website.

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