National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are closed to the public while the waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on sanctuaries.noaa.gov/coronavirus/.

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Sea otters

Sea otters dive for and eat a variety of kelp forest invertebrates including crabs, abalones, sea urchins, sea stars, snails and other shellfish. At the surface, they often wrap themselves in kelp to keep from drifting as they sleep.


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