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Stay otter there: California sea otters cross over to the forbidden zone

Few things in my life have brought me as much joy as watching sea otters play in the waters near Monterey, Calif. So when I heard this week that the frisky yet endangered critters may be slightly expanding their habitat, I figured everyone would think that was good news.Silly me.Once hunted into near-extinction for their fur, the southern, or California, sea otter ( Enhydra lutris nereis ) now numbers around 2,600 to 2,700 animals, all of which live in a fairly small habitat range off the central California coast...

February 3, 2010 — John Platt

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