Coastal California: Sea Otter By Aaron Johnson, Joel Anderson, 2023

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You otter be in Coastal California watching the sea otters play! The sea otter is native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean. The California, or southern, sea otter survived a close brush with extinction early in this century, but today, under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, it is expanding its range and increasing its numbers. By the 1930's, most people believed that this subspecies of sea otter had vanished, wiped out by fur traders who coveted its rich pelt. In 1938, however, a small group of otters was discovered living near the mouth of Bixby Creek along California's Big Sur coast. From those few survivors, the otter has increased its numbers to more than 2,000 today. Inspired by the otters’ story of survival, Anderson Design Group crafted an original illustration of the otter, fashioned after the vintage travel art and retro poster art of the early-20th century. Available in poster format or as a print, mini-canvas, notecard, postcard, canvas, or metal sign, this artwork would look great on any wall. And to learn more about this quirky critter, check out the Marine Mammal Commission.

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