The following video has had over fourteen million hits on YouTube, so I presume that anyone looking at this post has already seen it. Nonetheless, in honor of Sea Otter Awareness Week, I give you a video so cute, it would send a basket of kittens into a jealous rage. Watch it all the way through – the last couple of seconds are worth it.
I’m glad these two have each other. Sea otters can use all of the friends they can get. California Sea Otters used to range far up and down the coast, from the
One oil tanker disaster, and it would be curtains for these little guys.
Not that long ago, California Sea Otters were thought to have been hunted to extinction for their fur, but in 1915 a group of naturalists discovered a small raft of otters living along the mouth of Bixby Creek near Big Sur. These scientists kept their discovery a secret for decades, allowing the population of these beautiful creatures to recover a bit. Still, from the hundreds of thousands of otters that used to populate the coastline, now only a couple of thousand remain, and their numbers are constantly threatened by over-fishing and environmental pollution.
These days, sea otters need a week in their name so that humans can be reminded of their existence. But if you have any heart at all, you'll be aware of them for a lot longer.