Meet the Authors
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA,UNO
Meeting Type: Meet the Authors
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Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem
Follow science in action in this 2018 Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book!
In Elkhorn Slough, an inlet on the California coast, seagrass grows healthy and strong in the shallow water. This healthy seagrass baffled marine biologist Brent Hughes. The scientist expected this estuary to be overrun with algae, causing the seagrass to die. Why was the seagrass thriving?
As Brent investigated, signs pointed to an unexpected player: sea otters! What do these top predators have to do with an aquatic grass at the opposite end of the food chain? Brent's amazing discovery gave scientists insight into the delicate balance of ecosystems.