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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT SPEECH: SEA OTTER ENDANGERMENT 1 Civic Engagement Speech: Sea Otter Endangerment William Eyerly, James Francis Zakary Handy, Gilbert Orozco And Mercedes Quintana San Diego State University
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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT SPEECH: SEA OTTER ENDANGERMENT 2 Imagine a world where you don’t see sea otters anymore offshore. This isn’t something that can happen but will happen unless the human population takes action to stop the endangerment of sea otters. The population of sea otters has declined by as much as 56% over the last twenty years due to toxins, diseases, reduced fertility, redistribution, starvation and predation from people (Estes 1998). Imagine if you will, 56% of the human population gone in twenty years. It’s a pretty scary thought isn’t. These are the main problems that have landed their species onto the endangered list. Luckily for us, sea otters have found ways to keep their species from becoming extinct despite our advancements in technology and industry. However, this decline in sea otter has many drastic effects on the environment, as well as our own economy. Since 90% of the world population of sea otters resides in the Alaskan region, we Americans have an obligation to help this species survive (Estes 1974). The endangerment of sea otters affects us as much as it affects the species themselves. These furry mammals are an important part of our lives and we all need to take action to help them survive. A. Many of you must be asking why this problem is significant. To answer your question let me tell you a little debrief of the Sea Otter ecology and the history of its dissemination. B. The sea otter it’s a carnivorous type of mammal that can live either on rivers or ocean, part of the weasel family that is found in population in all of the continents, except for Australia Its main population is concentrated in the Northern Pacific Ocean, mainly in the countries of Canada, The United States (states of Alaska and California) and the sea of Russia and China. (Columbia Encyclopedia, 2009)
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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT SPEECH: SEA OTTER ENDANGERMENT 3 The Sea Otter main alimentation is based upon abalone, crab, and sea urchins. Sea otters are very intelligent animals since they make use of tools such as a rock to open shells(Columbia Encyclopedia, 2009) Unfortunately, its reproduction is very slow, having mating seasons at the months of February and March for which they can only produce an offspring at a time making the increase of the population to happen at a slow rate. (Wild Otters, Kruuk 1995) C. Sea Otters have been threatened since the 18 th century One of the reasons for this problem has been hunting. i. The hunting of the sea otter has been mainly for its valuable fur and oils, which for many North American Tribes were considered an important part of their culture. Another important factor for the Sea otter decimation in the 1900s has been due to the Russian dream of expanding its empire in the North Pacific Region. (Murphy, 1949)
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