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Sea Otters


Sea otter group off of Washington coast (Photo: USFWS)


Sea otters are the largest member of the weasel family and the smallest marine mammal. Within the United States, sea otters occur in Alaska, Washington, and California. Sea otters are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which prohibits commercial harvest of sea otters.

Historically, sea otter populations made a dramatic comeback after near extinction due to overhunting.

To learn more about sea otters in Washington State, please click on one of the links below:



Last updated: June 26, 2013
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