Sea Otter Brooch
Made out of recycled copper
2.75 x 1.75
Sea otters are a keystone aquatic species that play an important role in survival of their ecosystem. Sea otters feed primarily on invertebrates, such as sea urchins, that would devour large portions of kelp forests if left unchecked. Kelp forests are key to maintaining healthy populations in a variety of species. We need these otters - not only because they are adorable, playful little fluff-balls, but because they keep the ocean healthy. #significantotter
Unfortunately, these little guys have had a hard go of it in the last few hundred years, and although their numbers have dramatically increased with conservation efforts, our impact on the species has left it with only a fraction of its original population and historic range.
"Southern Sea Otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) once ranged from Baja California to the Pacific Northwest. But, by the 1920s, they were almost extinct due to intensive hunting. They were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1977."
** 20% of the proceeds from this piece will go to the Ocean Concervancy **