Contact: Cindy Yeast
Stony Brook University
Caption: Once sea otters were reintroduced to areas of the Pacific Ocean, feeding on the abundant sea urchins, the intensity of the urchins' grazing of the kelp was reduced, and the kelp forests returned as did the sea life that inhabits them.
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