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Sea Otter Weathervane – Floating With Abalone

Sea Otter Weather Vane with Abalone (Enhydra lutris)


The Sea Otter Weather Vane with Abalone, Enhydra lutris, featured here consists of a hand made copper sea otter floating on its back on a gentle, swelling brass wave. It is just about to dine on a tasty sea urchin. Because our vanes are handcrafted to order, the sea otter can also be made with an abalone shell or a starfish in its paws. We can also add optional gold leafing to the dots on the sea urchin, abalone shell or starfish. When the copper sea otter patinas a rich chocolate brown its gold leafed lunch will remain a lovely contrasting shade of gold.

Living here in California near the Monterey Bay, we frequently view sea otters along our coast. This makes our Sea Otter Weathervanes a popular choice in our area. For this reason, we offer a number of different Sea Otter Weather Vanes. Please check out our selection to see which one you like best. If you ever visit our area, we highly recommend a trip to the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. In addition to many wonderful educational displays, a highlight not to be missed is a visit to the Sea Otter exhibit, especially at feeding time. Most likely, they will charm their way into your hearts too.

The sea otter inhabits offshore environments, where it dives to the sea floor to forage. It preys mostly on marine invertebrates such as sea urchins, various mollusks and crustaceans, and some species of fish. Its foraging and eating habits are noteworthy in several respects. First, its use of rocks to dislodge prey and to open shells makes it one of the few mammal species to use tools. In most of its range, it is a keystone species, controlling sea urchin populations which would otherwise inflict extensive damage to kelp forest ecosystems. Its diet includes prey species that are also valued by humans as food, leading to conflicts between sea otters and fisheries.