I dedicate this book to all my friends and family, and Mrs. Frassetto. Without all the help from you, I would be totally clueless about what to do and have possibly the worst book ever. You all helped me write this book, from giving me ideas and helping me know what to do, without you guys I would have the worst writers block and never get my book finished. You all inspired me to write more, and write my best. So, thank you all for helping me and making be the best writer I can be. I also dedicate this book to everyone who volunteered to help the sea otter, because everyone who makes a difference can change the world.
Introduction and Dedication
Not many people think of endangered sea otters, their main focus in usually on pandas and rhinos, and that is why I chose this topic. Sea otters are very important to the environment, and without them the food chain would collapse. It was hard narrowing everything people needed to know about sea otters to three main topics, but I needed to get the word out that sea otters are endangered. Sea otters are very interesting animals, so it is terrible when all of my research claims how they are endangered and dying. They deserve to live, and we need to help them live, we are their only chance. This book will talk about a sea otter’s early life, where they live and how they survive, and why they are endangered and what we can do to help the poor animals. Even though the population is still increasing due to new laws on sea otters, they are still dying everyday, and all you have to do is help.
These pups just get smarter and smarter as they grow up and start developing. At four weeks old, the newborn start to learn how to eat food, even if they still suckle on it. When the little pup is two months old, the otter learns how to swim and dive. While the sea otter’s mother swims around and gets food, the pup will start to practice swimming while waiting. By 12 weeks, or three months, the pup starts to become an adult. The 12-week-old pup sheds its buoyant baby fur, and grows his or her new adult fur! This new coat of fur is not buoyant like their old coat of fur, so the pups can not float anymore. These pups grow up and develop quickly, but with great nursing from their mother, they can handle it all.
Above: A Baby Sea Otter Pup
ENDANGERED AND HOW WE CAN HELP
Sea otters have been around for such a long time, and it would be terrible if they went extinct. For instance, you probably did not know this but without sea otters, there would be no more kelp beds and the urchin population would grow and grow. Sea otters eat urchins and many other sea foods, and without them the food chain would corrupt. Instead of thanking the sea otter for what they do, we kill them and wear their skin, and cause them to drown. There are many things we can do to help the otters, and most people do not realize that. From doing simple tasks like recycling, to spending a day to clean up the beach, we are the only way sea otters will be able to survive, and we should take that for granted. These iconic species do so much for us, the least we can do for them is let them live.
Do you really want these animals to be gone forever?