Indigenous Alaskans probably didn’t eat sea otters

Before fur traders decimated sea otters, ancestors of at least one Alaskan indigenous group hunted them for their pelts, not food, researchers say.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~9 min

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Arctic sea ice loss opens marine mammals to deadly virus

The loss of sea ice in the Arctic has opened pathways for a virus deadly to seals, otters, and other marine mammals, researchers say.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Nov. 14, 2019 ~4 min

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How cat poop kills California sea otters

California sea otters are a threatened species, and one of the things that kills them comes from cats on land.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Aug. 29, 2019 ~5 min

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