Sea Otter Disturbance Research
In order to investigate the effect of marine recreation and other human activities on sea otters, as well monitor changes in disturbance levels as our outreach measures unfold, Sea Otter Savvy has implemented a research program in collaboration with scientists from the Southern Sea Otter Research Alliance. Our method of data collection will include a randomized approach in which sea otter behavior and activity, and the number, type, and proximity of a range of factors that may trigger behavior change, are recorded and contrasted between sites of predicted high and lower levels of disturbance.
Map of Disturbance Hot Spots
Are you interested in helping further this important research?
Sea Otter Savvy Citizen Science! Volunteers and interns are responsible for collecting the majority of our data on the relationship between sea otter activity and marine recreation at our “Disturbance Hot Spots”. Volunteers with partnering agencies and organizations (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Monterey Bay Aquarium, UC Santa Cruz) team up to monitor how sea otters respond to the presence of an array of potential sources of disturbance, and share information about sea otters and respectful sea otter viewing with the public. Participate in the important research that provides the foundation for the work we do: join our citizen science team!