What Defenders Is Doing to Help Sea Otters
Defenders of Wildlife has been a strong leader in the recovery efforts of the California and Alaska sea otter.
In California, Defenders has championed the voluntary tax check-off program, which gives state residents an opportunity to provide funds for sea otter research and law enforcement efforts. Defenders also mobilized our supporters to end a failed translocation program, resulting in more than 11,600 comments being sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supporting a repeal of the no-otter zone.
In Alaska, Defenders continues to monitor any sea otter-related issues in the state. Our staff are trained and certified as sea otter rescue and rehabilitation volunteers and are members of the Alaskan Marine Mammal Stranding network.
Visit our Species at Risk: Sea Otter page to learn more about what Defenders is doing to protect Sea Otters.
Height: Length California sea otters: 4 feet; northern sea otters are slightly larger.
Weight: 45 lbs (females); 65 lbs (males). Northern sea otters can reach up to 100 pounds.
Lifespan: 10-15 years (males); 15-20 years (females)