Photo taken at: Aleutian Islands
Did you know these cute little babes are actually helping fight climate change? Sea otters hang out in kelp forests, one of the most efficient absorbers of CO2 there is. Kelp forests take CO2 from the atmosphere via the process of photosynthesis, but they are at risk from pesky sea urchins who love to chow down on the helpful kelp!
If there are no predators for the sea urchins they can rapidly multiply, quickly sweeping across the ocean floor and snacking on entire stands of kelp. Thankfully, sea otters have been thriving despite their near extinction from the fur trade of the 18th and 19th centuries, and sea urchins are on the menu.
If you want to learn more about how sea otters play a role in fighting climate change, head to the link in our bio and read the full article in our “What We’re Reading” section. Happy #WorldOtterDay 🌎