Sea otters once populated much of the ocean of Southeast Alaska, but were hunted to extinction 150 years ago by Russian fur traders. The sea otter recovery began in the 1960’s when biologists transplanted 400 sea otters from elsewhere in Alaska to the outside waters in Southeast Alaska. Now the most accessible places to see sea otters are in Glacier Bay National Park and in and around Sitka, Alaska. During the summer, Allen Marine in Sitka offers an almost daily trip to see sea otters on their tour, “Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest”. This image is included as the 10th spread in my children’s book, “Once Upon Alaska”. Thank you for visiting.