Research workers announced the results of sea otter counting conducted in May in the north Kurils
The counting was conducted on Paramushir Island in May and June. The territory under survey was wider this time than in April. Researchers observed sea otters both from land and from water. More than 200 sea otters were spotted. Scientists emphasize that the report is preliminary and the numbers provided by the report cannot be extended to the whole region of the north Kurils.
The results which scientists have at hand resemble those of the same timeframe of 2017 when a previous observation was conducted. The local population of sea otters does not show any fluctuation.
The researchers also managed to collect sea otters’ biomaterial for analysis in order to determine the composition of animal nutrition. Experts on mollusks and invertebrates are already studying the samples in the laboratory in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
Monthly monitoring is important for the protection of marine mammals, animal death detection. The next stage of counting will take place approximately in the first half of August.