Sea Otters in Glacier Bay
Otters Living in Glacier Bay
Recolonization of Glacier Bay, history of survival, prey and eating habits, insulating attributes of fur, special adaptations to life in a marine environment, effect on marine environments, keystone species
Otters are a keystone species whose special adaptations, from physiology to eating habits, directly and indirectly effect the marine environments in which they thrive.
What factors have allowed sea otters to make a comeback and thrive in Glacier Bay and how will that affect the marine ecosystem?
Students will know ...
- The physiological adaptations that allow otters to thrive in the extreme conditions of Glacier Bay
- The reasons for otter near extinction over time and their comeback to previous environments such as Glacier Bay in SE Alaska
- The type and variety of otters' prey and the effect of their predation on marine environments
- Sea Otters Background
- Sea Otters Unit Outline
- Instructional Resources: Sea Otters
- Activity 1: How Sea Otters Thrive
- Activity 2: The Sea Otter Diet
- Activity 3: Sea Otter Census
- Sea Otters: National Standards
- Grade Levels:
- Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
- Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Geography, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
- National/State Standards:
- Science Standards: A) Science as Inquiry, C) Life Science, F) Science in Personal & Social Perspectives, G) History & Nature of Science. Mathematics Standards: Data Analysis and Probability. Geography: Environment & Society