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Sea Otter

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               ~The Sea Otter ~



                                                                  This picture was found at: http://yotophoto.com/





Where in the world is your animal found?
 The sea otter can be found mostly in the
 North Pacific. The  locations of the  three
 subspecies are around the coasts of
 California to Mexico, the north western 
 caostal area of North America and
 Alaska, and in the western areas of the
 north Pacific. 
What is the diet of your animal?
 Sea otters generally eat mussesls,
 crabs, abalones, snails, urchins, clams,
 fish, octopi and squid.
What is the habitat of your animal?
Sea otters live in the costal and
 shorline areas of the oceans. They prefer
 both the soft and rocky bottoms in these
 areas. The otters in California especially
 like the dense kelp beds in the
 surrounding areas. 
Is your animal a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore?
The sea otter is a carnivore.
Is your animal a primary, secondary or tertiary organism?
 The sea otter is a secondary organism.
Who are your animals main predators?
The sea otters main predators are bald
 eagles, sharks, killer whales, coyotes
 and brown bears. 
Why your animal is endangered?
 During the fur trade, these animals were
 nearly hunted to extinction. Though this
 era has ended and the otters numbers
 are rising again, there are new dangers
 that are appearing. Fishing gear causes 
 otters to become tangled in them,
 especially gill nets. Also, competition for food with fishing companies is a very
 important factor. Even killer whales are
 adding to this problem. As the poulations  of the Stellers sea lion and the harbour seal have declined, the killer whales have been preying continually on the sea otters.





 Did you know???



~ The sea otter's scientific name is Enhydra Lutis.


 ~ Sea otters are the only mammals, except primates, to have discovered the use of tools.


 ~ Sea otters rely on their fur to keep them warm, unlike other marine mammals, who need blubber.


 ~ The sea otter's three subspecies are the Californian sea otter( Enhydra lutris neresis), the Alaskan sea otter( Enhydra lutris kenyoni) and the Rusian sea otter(Enhydra lutris lutris).







 "The Sea Otter." Arkive. 13 Dec. 2007 http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/mammals/Enhydra_lutris/.

Odell, Daniel K. "Sea otter." World Book Online Reference Center. 2007. Acadia 14 Dec. 2007 <http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Article?id=ar498070>.

 "Sea Otters." Angelfire. 15 Dec. 2007 http://www.angelfire.com/il/watermammals/seaotters.html.




Comments (2)

Anonymous said

at 1:14 pm on Dec 14, 2007

Hey Anjali! i totally LOVE that picture!!

Anonymous said

at 8:40 pm on Dec 16, 2007

Interesting that its predator is a bald eagle. Good job!

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