Sea Otter Adoption Kit

Your adoption supports our work to educate people about the need to protect sea otters, continue our efforts to protect sea otters from the threat of oil spills, and help local communities and the fishing industry live in harmony with these animals.

Photo: Jo Ricchiuti

Sea Otter Adoption Kit

As low as $25.00
Sea otters are known to drape kelp over their floating bodies or “hold hands” with each other to keep from drifting away while they rest. Sea otters play a crucial role as a keystone species and are critical to maintaining the balance of the near-shore kelp ecosystems, but they are threatened by habitat degradation, entanglement, vessel strikes, and oil spills.

Sea otters were once abundant, but were hunted to near extinction for their fur. Even though they are protected from such reckless killing today, they continue to face numerous threats to their survival.

One of the largest threats sea otters face is from infectious disease caused by toxic pollutants and disease-causing parasites because of runoff in coastal waters. This and other forms of habitat degradation have also forced sea otter populations to expand further out into open waters where they are more vulnerable to predation by sharks. Sea otters also often come into to conflict with humans who fish in the areas where otters hunt for their food. This results in injuries and death from entanglements and vessel strikes.

Sea otters are also especially susceptible to oil spills from offshore drilling or shipping. When sea otters encounter oil, it causes their fur to mat, which prevents it from insulating their bodies. Without this natural protection from the frigid water, sea otters can quickly die from hypothermia. The toxicity of oil can also be harmful to sea otters, causing liver and kidney failure as well as severe damage to their lungs and eyes.

Your adoption supports our work to educate people about the need to protect sea otters, continue our efforts to protect sea otters from the threat of oil spills, and help local communities and the fishing industry live in harmony with these animals.