Judson Vandevere's foreword refers to the ""ever-widening public (that) has taken up otter watching"" but does not mention the growing list of juvenile books on the subject. Unfortunately Bailey's description of the animal's ""life style"" and history of its wholesale and ""inhumane"" slaughter (especially by the Russians) cannot compete with Johnson's Story of Sea Otters (KR, 1973), which states the same case with more appeal and persuasion. Bailey's research, while adequate at this level, is insufficiently processed, and she is often oddly off-base in approaching her material -- as when she goes on about the painstaking capture, transportation and care of five otters acquired for Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, notes that they died anyway and concludes evasively ""There is no doubt that these otters gave immense and unforgettable pleasure to thousands of men, women, and children. They were sorely missed after 1970."" Additional.