What would happen if sea otters died?
Sea otters eat various species that consume kelp. Kelp forests are essential habitats for many marine organisms near the Pacific coast of North America. Without the sea otter, these species, such as sea urchins, consume enough kelp to nearly eliminate the kelp forest altogether. This is currently damaging many marine ecosystems. Hopefully, sea otter populations will recover and eat enough of the urchins to save the kelp forests. In the meantime, we must do what we can to protect the sea otters. ...