1227-Dead Sea Otter – Homer, AK

I was walking along the tip of the Homer Spit when I noticed several people hovering over what seemed like a body on the edge of the water. Of course I went to check it out. It was a bad scene. A sixty pound adult sea otter had been struck by a boat and from his injuries drowned. The Fish and Game people were called and they were doing the initial necropsy on the otter on the beach and then were shipping the carcass the Anchorage for the complete workup. Sea otters are a protected species in Alaska and anytime one dies, it is unfortunate. Boat captains are always on the lookout for otters in the water, and most otters are wise enough to avoid most boats. But, a 40 to 50 mph boat is tough to see when your head is poking out of the water.