Morro Bay sea otter population expands

March 18, 2017

The sea otter population in Morro Bay, which was almost decimated a decade ago, is thriving. The coastal community currently includes between 30 to 40 independent sea otters and up to 20 dependent pups. [SFGATE]

Even though there are thriving sea otter populations in areas north of the Central Coast, access to Morro Bay’s sea otter population provides up close viewing not accessible at the other locations. For the best viewing, visit Morro Rock or either of the piers at the north end of the embarcadero.

In the 1970s, the Marine Mammal Protection and Endangered Species Acts first listed sea otters as threatened. Then last year, the sea otter population exceeded the number needed for delisting.

Sea otters are known to populate areas rich in food sources. In Morro Bay, both starfish and sea otters feast on urchin.

However, because of a decline in the starfish population because of wasting disease, the urchin population has exploded providing an abundant food source for sea otters.







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  1. StakeHolder says:

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  2. Rich in MB says:

    It’s cool waking up to them opening clams beside my boat…definitely one of the advantages to living board a boat in Morro Bay.

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    • AmericaBeautiful says:

      Nice comment, Rich. I don’t get the down votes.

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      • Extremely Stoic says:

        It’s for past postings, nothing negative about what he said

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        • jimmy_me says:

          I was thinking these thumb up/downs were for the comment and not the person. I guess I’ve been under-thinking this.

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      • Rich in MB says:

        When Sea Otters and their enjoyment get negative votes…folks…take this as a lesson to what happens to you as free speech, thought and expression die. The Sea Otters may be making a comeback, just as free speech is dying.

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