Lawsuit Filed to Protect the Alaska Sea Otter December 30. 2006
Conservationists have filed a lawsuit to help protect the sea otter population in Alaska.
From the Alaska Report: A conservation group filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal district court in Washington, DC, seeking more protection for sea otters in Alaska.
A conservation group filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal district court in Washington, DC, seeking more protection for sea otters in Alaska.
The Center for Biological Diversity, a national nonprofit conservation organization that aims to conserve endangered species and wild places, says that the Bush administration has failed to designate critical habitat for sea otters in southwest Alaska, despite the species' listing as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act in August 2005. Sea otter populations have decline by 90 percent in some areas according to the group.
Ball of Otter December 29. 2006
Sleeping Colorado Otter December 28. 2006
Gail sent in these two pictures of Asian Otters at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. She was even lucky enough to feed them!
I bet you've been swamped with submissions, but I thought I'd send in some pictures I took at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, CO. These are Asian Small-Claw Footed Otters, and are actually really elderly - I believe 12 or 13 years old.
Two Playful Otters December 22. 2006
Lazy Afternoon Otters December 21. 2006
Jessica sent in these two adorable otters that she photographed at the Vancouver aquarium.
Jessica Says, "Here are a couple of pics that I took at the Vancouver, BC aquarium in July 2005. These two guys were getting lazy after their afternoon feeding."
The Otter Tattoo! December 20. 2006
I've had a lot of people who love otters write to me and send me pictures but Kat really loves otters? How much? She has a tattoo of two otters on her right calf (pictured below)!
The otter pictured above is from the Chahinkapa Zoo in North Dakota.
San Francisco Otter Poses For The Camera December 18. 2006
Micah sent in some great close-up otter shots! This handsome North American river otter was photographed at the San Francisco Zoo.
Sleepy Washington DC Otters December 18. 2006
Cayleigh sent me this picture of these cute, sleepy otters from the Zoo in Washington, DC. At the Smithsonian National Zoological Park they have small-clawed Asian Otters and North American River Otters.
May I Have This Dance? December 16. 2006
These two adorable otters look like they're dancing. Both of these pictures were sent in by Stephanie F.
Stephanie says: Here are two pictures of river otters I took at the Dallas Zoo in Texas. I think my faovrite is 18-otter.jpg, because their play-fighting looks like they're dancing together. The other one (below) was an otter warning zoo visitors not to try to get the fish head he was about to eat, I think.
Even More Otters Holding Hands December 15. 2006
I think my favorite pictures are of sea otters holding hands. They're just such sweet, social animals and when they hold hands it's just way too cute! I should create a separate category just for hand-holding otters. This adorable picture was sent in by Susan in Sumner, Washington.
Susan Says - Here's a picture I took at the Vancouver, B.C. Aquarium. These two otter pals were sleeping like this, just floating around their pool with their paws interlocked so they wouldn't float apart. Too cute!