USFWS
Marine Mammals Management
Alaska Region

 

Significantly Altered Photo Gallery

A sea otter will be considered “significantly altered” when it is no longer recognizable as a whole sea otter hide, and has been made into a handicraft or article of clothing as is identified below:

1. A tanned, dried, cured, or preserved sea otter hide, devoid of the head, feet, and tail (i.e., blocked) that is substantially changed by any of the following, but is not limited to: weaving, carving, stitching, sewing, lacing, beading, drawing, painting, other decorative fashions, or made into another material or medium; and cannot be easily converted back to an unaltered hide or piece of hide.

2. Tanned, dried, cured, or preserved sea otter head, tail, or feet, or other parts devoid of the remainder of the hide which includes any of the following, but is not limited to: weaving, carving, stitching, sewing, lacing, beading, drawing, or painting, other decorative fashions, or made into another material or medium.

Slippers with sea otter trim—made from a sea otter hide that has been cut into small pieces and sewn. Significantly Altered.  Photo Credit: USFWS

Slippers with sea otter trim—made
from a sea otter pelt that has been cut
into small pieces and sewn.
Significantly Altered

Hat—made from a hide that has been cut into small pieces and sewn. The hat brim is natural fur; the top part of hat is shaved fur. Significantly Altered.  Photo Credit: USFWS

Hat—made from a pelt that has been
cut into small pieces and sewn. The hat
brim is natural fur; the top part of hat is
shaved fur. Significantly Altered

Mittens—made from a sea otter pelt that has been cut into pieces and sewn. Significantly Altered.  Photo Credit: USFWS

Mittens—made from a sea otter pelt
that has been cut into pieces and sewn.
Significantly Altered

Purse—made from a sea otter hide that has been cut into small pieces and sewn.Significantly Altered.  Photo Credit: USFWS

Purse—made from a sea otter pelt that
has been cut into small pieces and sewn.
Significantly Altered

Pillow—made from a sea otter hide that has been cut and stitched on all edges. Significantly Altered.  Photo Credit: USFWS

Pillow—made from a sea otter pelt that
has been cut and stitched on all edges.
Significantly Altered

Scarf—made from a sea otter hide that has been cut, lined, and sewn on all edges. Significantly Altered.  Photo Credit: USFWS

Scarf—made from a sea otter pelt
that has been cut, lined, and sewn
on all edges. Significantly Altered

Blanket —made from a sea otter hide that has been blocked, lined, and stitched on all edges. Significantly Altered.  Photo Credit: USFWS

Blanket —made from a sea otter hide
that has been blocked, lined, and stitched
on all edges. Significantly Altered

   
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Scarf / neck roll—made from sea otter hide that has been cut, but has not been stitched or lined. Not Significantly Altered.  Photo Credit: USFWS

Scarf / neck roll—made from sea otter
pelt that has been cut, but has not been
stitched or lined. Not Significantly
Altered

Drawing—made from a sea otter hide that has not been blocked, and has not been stitched or lined. Not Significantly Altered.  Photo Credit: USFWS

Drawing—made from a sea otter pelt
that has not been blocked, and has not
been stitched or lined. Not Significantly
Altered

 

 

 

Last updated: January 31, 2014