Kingdom : Animalia
                   Class : Mammalia
                Family : Mustelidae
 Scientific Name : Enhydra Lutris

                     Size : 122 - 150cm (48 - 59in)
                Weight : 14 - 45kg (30 - 100lbs)
          Top Speed : 11km/h (7mph)
           Life Span : 12 - 15 years

                Colour : Black, Brown, Tan
           Skin Type : Fur
Special Features : Very dense fur and 
                                sharp claws
  1. Sea Otters are small marine mammals that are found in the coastal waters of North and East Pacific Ocean.
  2. They are one of the smallest marine mammals, despite being the largest members of the weasel family.
  3. Sea otters are capable of walking and living on land but are also capable of spending all their lives in water.
  4. They have extremely warm and thick fur coat which keeps them warm in the cold pacific waters.
  5. Their fur is double coated with thick, short fur underneath and long guard hair making them waterproof.
  6. Their fur is thick enough to ensure that water doesn’t touch their skin.
  7. Sea Otters need all this protection form their fur as they do not have a layer of blubber like other animals.
  8. There are three species- The Common Sea Otter, The Southern Sea Otter and the Northern Sea Otter.
  9. The common Sea otter is the largest of all the species and are found inhabiting the western Pacific Islands.
  10. They are omnivores, feeding on sea urchins, snails, clams, crabs, small fish, seaweed and other aquatic plants.
  11. Their few natural predators are the killer whale and the white shark.
  12. Sea otters are known to feed alone, though they can be commonly found resting in large groups called rafts.
  13. They mate throughout the year and the female sea otter gives birth to one or two young after a year-long gestation.
  14. The sea otter pups are cared for by their mothers for the first years after which they are independent.
  15. Interestingly, they are known to use tools like stones to get their food.
  16. Excessive human hunting for their fur has made them an endangered species today.

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