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Sea Otters

A Survival Story

by Isabelle Groc, foreword by Judi Dench & David Mills

tagged: endangered, environmental science & ecosystems, environmental conservation & protection
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Description

Sea otters once ruled the Pacific Ocean, but the fur trade of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries brought this predator to near extinction. Today they’re slowly coming back from the brink, and scientists are learning more about their pivotal role as one of nature’s keystone species. This book looks at the history, biology, behavior and uncertain future of sea otters. Author and photojournalist Isabelle Groc takes us into the field: watching sea otter rafts off the British Columbia coast from a kayak, exploring what makes their fur coats so special, understanding how their voracious appetites are helping kelp forests thrive and, ultimately, learning how sea otters are leaving their mark (or paws) on every part of the ecosystem. They might be one of the most adorable creatures in the ocean, but kids will discover how their survival is key to a rich, complex and connected ecosystem.

About the Authors
Isabelle Groc is a writer, wildlife photographer, filmmaker and speaker who focuses on environmental issues, wildlife natural history and conservation, endangered species and the changing relationships between people and their environments. Her stories and photographs have appeared in numerous publications, and her wildlife films have been shown in communities and festivals around the world. She lives in Vancouver.
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Isabelle Groc is a writer, wildlife photographer, filmmaker and speaker who focuses on environmental issues, wildlife natural history and conservation, endangered species and the changing relationships between people and their environments. Her stories and photographs have appeared in numerous publications, and her wildlife films have been shown in communities and festivals around the world. She lives in Vancouver.
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David Mills is a retired Professor of Canadian history from the University of Alberta.
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Editorial Reviews

“The sea otter’s story holds lessons for everyone. Isabelle Groc has provided a great service to nature and human society by teaching these lessons to the next generation in an accurate and compelling manner.”

— James A. Estes, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz

“A good book for students who are interested in animals, the environment, or who just love sea otters...It would be a worthwhile addition to collections serving upper elementary and middle school students.”

— School Library Connection

“Well-researched...A thorough introduction to an appealing keystone species.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“This book is a masterpiece of children’s nonfiction about nature. With pages of stunning photographs and easy-to-read text about the history, science and ecological heroics of sea otters, this book is a must-have for every budding naturalist and every lover of sea otters.”

— Kai Chan, Professor at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia

“The text is accessible with a fairly straightforward factual style that works well for the serious nature of the topic...Young readers interested in species at risk and wildlife conservation will enjoy the learning experience provided. Highly Recommended.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"In this beautiful book, Isabelle tells us an important story, one that gives us hope...Young people will be encouraged to see that positive change can happen, and that we can all do something to help preserve our planet."

— Dame Judi Dench

“Groc's personal admiration for these intriguing mammals is evident in her descriptive writing, clear explanations, and well-documented and captioned color photographs. A compelling wake-up call for protecting the environment.”

— Booklist

“This is a good news story, beautifully told by a passionate advocate for healthy seas full of life. Isabelle Groc reveals how sea otters—some of the cutest, furriest, smartest mammals around—are making a triumphant return to the Pacific coast of North America, kick-starting the recovery of this fabulously rich marine ecosystem.”

— Ben Hoare, former Features Editor, <i>BBC Wildlife Magazine</i>

“Isabelle Groc's Sea Otters: A Survival Story is a delight—and not just because sea otters are a delight. The book is accessible, well researched, informative and very attractive. All ages will enjoy this book.”

— Robert Bateman, artist and naturalist

“This very relevant book on climate change and endangered species is a strong choice for all nonfiction collections.”

— School Library Journal

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