Marine biologist Brent Hughes didn’t think a fuzzy-faced sea otter and seagrass had much in common. Yet his research at Elkhorn Slough, an estuary on Monterey Bay in northern California, revealed a new and surprising connection between the two. Brent expected the estuary to be overrun with algae due to the fertilizer runoff from surrounding fields. But the opposite was true. Why?
Join Brent on the trail of a mystery. A mystery that defined his career, but most of all, led him to appreciate the sea otter. A predator that saved an ecosystem.