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Sea Otter Survey Data, Carcass Recovery Data, and Blood Chemistry Data from Southwest Alaska


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Kenner, M.C., Kloecker, K.A., Tinker, M.T., Esslinger, G.G., Monson, D.H., Murray, M.J., Bodkin, J.L., Estes, J.A., and Young, M., 2021, Sea otter survey data, carcass recovery data, and blood chemistry data from southwest Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Three data sets are included here to aid in assessment of the sea otter population collapse in southwest Alaska. One data set consists of results of sea otter surveys conducted between 1959 and 2015 at Bering Island, Russia and a selection of western Aleutian Islands in Alaska. Sea otter counts are reduced to a comparable value of otters per linear kilometer. Another data set consists per-capita and per kilometer recovery rates of stranded sea otter carcasses from locations ranging from Bering Island, Russia, several Aleutian Islands, sites along the Alaska Peninsula, and Prince William Sound, Alaska. These data are mainly from the period 1991-2009 and are from stable populations as well as those in decline or post decline. The third [...]

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The data can be used to help evaluate the possible relationship between sea otter health and the population declines as well as other general questions about wild sea otter health parameters.


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DOI doi:10.5066/P9CZXVMQ

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