Sea lions and the sea otter relocation

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Posted by Ken Kurtis on July 22, 2009 at 04:10:48:

In Reply to: The Judge needs to be removed posted by Jeff Shaw on July 21, 2009 at 17:10:40:

Jeff Shaw asked: "What prevents the pinnipeds from returning?"

Regardless of what side of the issue you're on, it's an excellent question and points out that many times in crafting "solutions" to thse problems, we fail to allow reality to intrude upon our well-thought plans.

Remember the Sea Otter relocation plan of the 80s?

A large group of otters from Moneterey were transplanted to San Nicolas Island to provide an "emergency" breeding colony should disease or other problem further depress the Monterey numbers (which at the time were very low).

A few people said, "Won't they just swim back?" And the answer was, "That's impossible. We've studied this. The distance is far too great."

And of course . . . they swam back.

So Jeff, good question. Hate to see the city spend $689,000 and . . . they just come back. (Maybe show the sea lions a copy of the judge's order so they know they're not supposed to be there????)

- Ken

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