Sea Otter

Enhydra lutris

Clayoquot Sound, Vancouver Island, Canada

Sea Otters spend their entire life at sea and even give birth to their young in the ocean.  Even though they never set foot on land, their strong association with kelp forests means they rarely stray into deep water.

Clayoquot Sound, Vancouver Island, Canada

This endangered species was hunted extensively for its fur leading to its extirpation from many areas of its range where it was formerly common.  Recently, relocation programmes have allowed them to become successfully reestablished in many areas along the Pacific coast, including Vancouver Island.