Sea otters linked to abundance of seagrass at Calif. estuary

08/26/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The resurgence of sea otters has been linked to a resurgence of seagrass in a major estuary in Monterey Bay off California, researchers say. By dining on crabs at the Elkhorn Slough, the otters have boosted the population of sea slugs, which in turn have protected the seagrass from growth-stunting algae.

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