October ecosystem services photo contest winner

Congratulations Weatherly Bates of Alaska Shellfish Farms.

She took this photo of a juvenile sea otter that she calls Scuppers. He is missing a front paw which probably would doom him if he hadn’t figured out to befriend Weatherly & her co-workers. Scuppers spends his days close by their farm boat eating all of the urchins, crabs, and mussels that are washed out of their boats as they clean and harvest oysters. Everywhere they go, Scuppers follows for a meal. He went from a skinny starving otter to plump and healthy. They are very happy this little guy found them. – Homer, Alaska. Contest link