Animals Wildlife Photo: Sea Otter Revels in the Kelp By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated August 13, 2020 Sam McMillan / flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Our photo of the day reminds us of the importance of sea otters. We love this photo by Sam McMillan of a Pacific sea otter wrapped in kelp at Morro Bay. First of all, it's just so cute, come on! But also because it reminds us of what an important role otters play in the health of the coast. Otters feast on sea urchins and other invertebrates that graze on kelp, and in doing, the otters help protect the kelp and allow it to thrive. Not only does the kelp provide crucial habitat for a number of species, but kelp forests protect the coastline from storm surge and flooding as well as absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Who doesn't love a happy ecosystem? Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on flickr and add your pictures to the group.