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Otters overwhelm shellfish fisheries, First Nations on B.C.’s coast

In the early 1900’s, these adorable-but-ferocious predators were hunted to near extinction for their luxurious fur. With continual conservation efforts, the sea otter population is growing, and along with it the marine mammal’s appetite for shellfish. Salomon has worked with sea otters for 12 years, and describes them as cute and cuddly from far away, but up close “they’re as big as a German shepherd with very big teeth.”  continue