CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2009 |
Olive, the oil-slicked sea otter who gained a fan club on Facebook after washing up on a Monterey Bay beach in February, has returned to the sea. She slid out of her cage into the waves at Sunset State Beach a week ago after six weeks of rehabilitation after being coated by a natural oil seep. Officials from the California Department of Fish and Game, who cared for the otter at their Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center in Santa Cruz, had nicknamed her Olive.
November 21, 2008 |
No one knew what to expect on the trail to Grinnell Glacier one late summer morning, but a second bull moose less than an hour out was hardly a good sign. During September and October -- mating season -- it's always best to give the spindly-legged animals plenty of room. That's exactly what Jenna Otter wanted to do. She wasn't of the mind to take pictures, let alone chances. If she felt safe, it was only because she was hiking with a large group. It was a reunion of sorts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2008 |
It's not every day that people want to pay more taxes. But the tug on the heartstrings appears to be opening purse strings for California's sea otter -- at least for another year. California taxpayers have voluntarily donated $253,350 so far this year by checking a box on their income tax returns and making donations. The amount is significant because it ensures that the donation box will appear again on next year's state income tax returns, funneling more money to the California Sea Otter Fund.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2007 |
Training her binoculars on a dark patch of seaweed swaying in the shallows, Gena Bentall gasped. After searching for sea otters all day, the research biologist had spotted one: a mother with a pup on her belly, a mauled face dripping blood and a male pursuer hot on her tail. Female sea otters often have scars on their noses, the price of breeding with clumsy, sharp-toothed partners.
April 8, 2007 |
IT'S not every singer who can move effortlessly from ABBA tunes to duets with Elvis Costello to Wagner, but for mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, such disparate musical forays are her life's passion. "I guess I have a love of doing different things," the nearly 6-foot Swede said recently as she sipped Perrier at a cafe near her rented apartment in Pasadena, her pale blue eyes sparkling, a chic pink muffler protecting her neck from the wind. "Exploring keeps me on my toes."
March 18, 2007 |
A sound like a high-pitched screech of a bird rang out over the gray-green pickleweed and muddy shores of the Elkhorn Slough. I looked around and saw an otter, presumably a female, that had lost sight of her pup and uttered the plaintive cry. It was a February morning in the 1,439-acre saltwater research reserve right at the curve of Monterey Bay. As I paddled along, I came so close I could see the panicked expression on the creature's face.
October 27, 2006 |
It's sad to think that California's sea otters were once hunted to the brink of extinction, reduced to only 20 animals. Had hunters completely wiped out these endearing, furry little animals, I would not have had the pleasure of shaking hands with Charlie. Charlie, one of three southern sea otters being cared for at the Aquarium of the Pacific, was himself on the brink of extinction. On a cold winter night, shortly after his birth, he became separated from his mother.
October 27, 2005 |
ARTIST Tom Otterness, known for outsize bronze public sculptures of whimsical human and animal figures, is taking his troops to Beverly Hills. "Tom Otterness in Beverly Hills," a group of eight sculptures, is being installed this week on the lawn in front of Beverly Hills City Hall, 450 N. Crescent Drive. It's the latest phase in a traveling public art project that began in New York City.
October 10, 2005
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has committed another major blunder. The Oct. 3 article, "Efforts to Restore Kelp Suffering Growing Pains," blamed the disappearance of Southern California kelp on "marauding sea urchins." The Oct. 6 article, "Agency Seeks to Lift Otter Ban," discussed the failed attempts at keeping threatened sea otters out of Southern California to help fishermen. What do otters eat? Urchins. For heaven's sake, Fish and Wildlife, put your heads together and go "duh"!