Sea otters — very cute and adorable animals

Most of us do not even know how many we owe these fascinating creatures.

Vital важные

Sea otters or sea otters, are the cornerstone of the food chain, which allows us to save our environment.

Without them, the animals that feed on otters, would be an alarming rate to feed in the kelp forests of the Pacific ocean. Without kelp, in turn, the ocean and the air would quickly be filled with all the extra carbon dioxide, which the algae absorb. Thus, we can breathe only because the sea otter is hungry. Let us be grateful to them.


Sea otter – the happy owners of thick fur among all members of the animal Kingdom. More specifically, they have from 250 thousand to one million hairs per 6.5 cm2.

This coat is their only protection from the cold, because unlike other marine animals, otters have a thick fat layer.

The curse славы

But once again this beautiful fur has caused their trouble.

Historically, otters have become a Prime target of hunters for furs. Unlimited hunting in the 1900s has reduced their number from over a million to just a few thousand. Thanks to careful efforts to keep the population of these animals, today their number reaches approximately 106 thousand around the world. But this figure is not large.

Motherhood and полигамия

For sea otters is not typical to form families, and one male may have several mates. However, females are ardently protective of cubs, and care not only about self but also about abandoned babies.

Otters are quite самодостаточны

And while they rest in flocks, raise their young and mate regularly, the sea otter is in fact not the most sociable animals.

Each otter is ready to spend most of their time alone with yourself and happy with this, and she is able to take care of their protection, hygiene or search for food.

And very умны

Sea otters are one of the few species that use the surrounding objects such as toys or tools. They know how to use a stone as a hammer and not lose your favorite devices.

Charming плотики

Sea otters like to relax by swimming on the back and thus forming a sort of a living raft, and only from individuals of the same sex. To for separated them from each other, they cling to the legs.

"Rafts" of otters males usually larger than females. The largest ever seen by man consisted of a 2000 sea otters, all of which kept the neighbors at the foot.


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