EOS Center scientists show potential for SF Bay sea otter resurgence

Otters float in water, surrounded by aquatic grasses
Sea otters in Elkhorn Slough, California. Photo credit: Robert Shea / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

San Francisco Bay has seen a recent resurgence in marine mammal species, and new research by a team including CoSE scientists suggests that there might be room for one more. Sea otters, the study shows, would find widespread food and habitat in the Bay — and could perhaps spread to other estuaries, too.

“We’re seeing that this is a paradigm that needs to shift — that estuaries are a good place for sea otters to live,” explained study co-author Katharyn Boyer, a professor of biology at San Francisco State’s Estuary and Ocean Science (EOS) Center. The team published its results in early December in the open-access journal PeerJ.

Read a story about the work on the SF State News site