Status of translocated sea otters at San Nicolas Island, California

Southwestern Naturalist
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Abstract

In the 1970s about 1,650 southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) were restricted to the central California coast (Riedman and Estes, 1990), and a high volume of oil was being shipped through the region. Because of the vulnerability of sea otters to contamination from oil (Costa and Kooyman, 1982; Williams and Davis, 1995) that would likely spread wide- ly along the shore after a large spill (Van- Blaricom and Jameson, 1982), the subspecies was listed as threatened in 1977 under the United States Endangered Species Act.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Status of translocated sea otters at San Nicolas Island, California
Series title Southwestern Naturalist
DOI 10.2307/3672835
Volume 45
Issue 3
Year Published 2000
Language English
Publisher Southwestern Association of Naturalists
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 7 p.
First page 322
Last page 328