Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sea Otters Endangered ???

A remarkable comeback of Alaska's sea otters may revive an international trade in the otter's dark-brown fur pelts not seen since the animals were hunted to near extinction a century ago.

Alaska Natives, the only people allowed to hunt otters under federal law, have been harvesting growing numbers in southeast Alaska. They are trying to develop worldwide markets for otter products, from "dance blankets" to sex organs as aphrodisiacs.

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