They're cute, furry and important ecosystem members, but as top predators, sea otters may also seem problematic for those who seek to harvest the same seafood on which these mammals feed.
Erin Flynn and Jacob Glanville wed Dec. 28, 2011 at Posada de Santiago in Santiago, Atitlan, Guatemala. A second wedding was held May 26, 2012 at Stern Grove in San Francisco. The bride is the daughter of Cathy Connor and Rod Flynn of Douglas.
A cascading decline in seal, sea lion and sea otter populations in the North Pacific may have been triggered by industrial whaling after World War II that forced packs of killer whales to look for new sources of food, a group of scientists suggest. "If our hypothesis is correct, either wholly or in significant part, commercial whaling in the North Pacific Ocean set off one of the largest and most complex ecological chain reactions ever described," the scientists wrote in an article appearing this week on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Web site.
When she was a senior at Ketchikan High School, Jodi Jakubek didn't think she had the talent to be a college runner.
As a freshman on the University of Bridgeport volleyball team, Amy Neussl hoped to get on the floor. She ended up doing a whole lot more.
``I've always been trying to mesh two halves of myself, trying to meld the art and the science into one,'' said Hocker, who is a free-lance scientific illustrator and part-time nature teacher. Every day she goes outside to sketch, usually to the wetlands or beaches.
Knutson-Lombardo wins Northwest Conference title; Dinnan twins help lead teams to conference titles; Talisa Rhea makes her exhibition debut for Oregon State hoops; Egolf sees action in Bradley exhibition game against Quincy; Greta Thibodeau leads Whitworth to national tournament; Ryan Fagerstrom helps Black Hills State reach NAIA top 25
The blades of Randy Rice's skates cut soundlessly into the ice at the Treadwell Arena. He weaves gracefully through the whirl of skaters, gliding on one skate, then the other, now forward, now backward. He does a small hop and lands on his right foot, going into a tight spin for a few revolutions before he trips slightly and stops. "Old knees," he said with a grin.
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