There are otter gangs in Singapore who fight for territories. It is well followed by the locals and the press. Each gangs has names and reputations. straitstimes.com/singapor…
Otter capable of killing and eat alligator by drastically wearing out the gator in the fight. The lactic acid build up in the body would intoxicate the gator, eventually killing it. The otter then rips the alligator hide off with its razor sharp claws and eats the gator organs. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
In the past few years, at the same time that the NFL's "Super Bowl" is being played, the Aquarium of the Pacific (in the Californian city of Long Beach) holds the "Otter Bowl", with the otters playing with footballs made from frozen clams nbclosangeles.com/the-sce…
Relocating sea otters to SF bay could greatly increase their population and aid in conservation efforts by keeping them safer from shark bites...but getting them there means they have to swim the "shark gauntlet" near the Golden Gate. universityofcalifornia.ed…
Today I learned about Puijila, the walking seal fossil, seals and sea lions are closely related to bears, otters, weasels, skunks and badgers. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The Oxford Junior Dictionary removed around 50 words that have to do with the natural world, in order to replace them with more "modern" words for today's tech-savvy children. Some of the removed words include acorn, dandelion, heron, newt, and otter. theguardian.com/books/201…
Sea otters have pouches under their forearms. In one (usually the left) they like to keep their favourite rock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Otters keep their favorite stones under their arms when they're not using them to detach prey from the seabed and break it open. They've been known to form attachments to them and keep them throughout their lives. discoverwildlife.com/anim…
Today I learned of the California Fur Rush, which occurred in the early to mid 19th century. It happened due to large beaver and otter populations and helped open up the West and especially the San Francisco area to world trade. However, this drove many mammal populations to the brink of extinction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Sea Otters are the reason kelp forests exist off the coast of California seaotters.com/2013/05/why…
Sea otters have the densest fur in the world, with around 140,000 hairs per sq cm bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
Whales used to have four legs. Whales descend from giant legged land mammals that moved like Otters. cnn.com/2019/04/04/health…
Mishka, the first sea-otter to be diagnosed with asthma, was taught to use an inhaler originally designed for cats! cbsnews.com/news/sea-otte…
Baby otters can’t swim when they are born. It can take baby otters months to learn how to swim depending on their species. Sea otter moms need to carry babies on their belly or place them in kelp beds until they learn how to swim properly on their own. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
When mother otters dive for food, they tie their babies into kelp to ensure that they will not float away oceana.org/marine-life/ma…
The religion of Zoroastrianism believes the otter ("water dog") is a highly sacred animal and believe in harsh punishments for those who kill them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
The scientists who first discovered the platypus thought it was fake. Although indigenous Aboriginal people already knew of the creature, European scientists assumed an egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed, venomous mammal had to be an elaborate hoax. daily.jstor.org/the-platy…
There is a group of sea wolves on Vancouver Island that can swim for miles and 90% of their diet is seafood. They primarily eat salmon but also forage on barnacles, lams, herring eggs, seals, and river otters. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Flushing cat poop kills sea otters by infecting them with toxoplasmosis futurity.org/how-cat-poop…
Beavers have been successfully reintroduced to Knapdale in Scotland. Unofficial populations are thriving in the River Tay and its tributaries. They have also become established in the River Otter in Devon. The re-establishment of beavers has widespread public support. rewildingbritain.org.uk/r…
California sea otters blow air into their fur to keep them afloat and insulated. This is possible because of their amazingly thick and intricate fur that traps the air bubbles as they blow onto it. kqed.org/science/25908/th…
Today I learned of Belkofski, Alaska. Belkofski hasn't had a population in over 30 years. It was originally inhabited by Aleuts who were settled by Russians to harvest sea otters. When the sea otters diminished, the population began to leave. The last 10 left in the 1980s and it's been uninhabited ever since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
In some regions of Bangladesh, people fish using otters. Humans have used otters to fish for over 1400 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
There was a sea otter with asthma who learned how to use a puffer nationalpost.com/news/can…
A California Aquarium Once Apologized for Calling An Otter 'Thicc,' 'Chonky,' and an 'Absolute Unit' complex.com/life/2018/12/…
Sea otters hold hands while they're sleeping to keep from floating away from each other. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
Sea otters hold hands while they are sleeping thedodo.com/sea-otters-ho…
Although sea otters forage alone, they form large single-sex rafts to rest. The biggest otter raft that has been spotted so far contained 2000 male otters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Sea otters have pockets and many adults carry their favorite rock at all times to break open clams and other shellfish. aquarium.org/a-sea-otters…
The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed platypus baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, and the first scientists to examine a preserved platypus body (in 1799) judged it a fake, made of several animals sewn together. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Aleut Alaskan tribesmen traveled as far south as LA for otter pelts to quench the Russian colonists demand. In 1811 they massacred the NicoleΓ±o nation on San Nicolas island off the LA coast, leaving only one surviver: Juana Maria. She lived on the island alone for 18 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jua…
Otters have skin pockets for their favorite rocks. oceantoday.noaa.gov/seaot…
Giant 6ft otters still exist in three remote river systems of South America. They hunt in packs and can even take on crocodiles. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Otters have the thickest fur of any animal - as many as 1 million hairs per square inch mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
The sea otter has a loose pouch of skin that extends across the chest. In this pouch (preferentially the left one), the animal stores collected food to bring to the surface. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Sea Otters have the densest hair in the world, with up to 140,000 hairs per square centimeter. Humans have about 300/cmΒ² on their head. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
Groups of Otters can successfully fight off crocodiles from their territory and have the capability to kill a Caimen video.nationalgeographic.…
A group of otters is called a romp en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
There is a zoo in Japan that has tiny holes in the otter enclosure allowing for people who visit the zoo to shake hands with the otters. en.rocketnews24.com/2013/…
Giant 6ft otters still exist in 3 remote river systems....and they hunt in packs. animals.nationalgeographi…
Polar bears are classified as marine mammals --others of which include species as varied as whales, seals, and otters. marinemammalcenter.org/ed…
Sea otters have the densest hair in the world, ranging from about 26,000 to 165,000 hairs per square centimeter. seaworld.org/animal-info/…
Ancient Egyptians made statues of otters metmuseum.org/art/collect…
The North American River Otter, commonly thought of as cute and friendly, has been responsible for over 35 human attacks since the 1980s. Otters have also been known to kill large prey, which makes them apex predators in the wild. otterspecialistgroup.org/…
Baby otters can't swim at first, but their buoyancy makes it possible for the mother to wrap the pup in (sea)weeds to prevent it from drifting away when she needs to hunt seaworld.org/en/animal-in…
Otters will kill caimans, if needed, in their territory youtube.com/watch?v=gIoQG…
Today I learned of Juana Maria, the last indigenous inhabitant of San Nicolas Island. After Aleut otter hunters massacred most of her tribe, a relocation effort of the survivors to the mainland ended with her being stranded alone on the island for 18 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jua…
Today I learned of the 2001 South Pole rescue, during which a Crew of a deHavilland Twin Otter managed the so far only ever plane landing/takeoff during Antarctic Winter. ctvnews.ca/w5/canadians-p…
Fresh otter poop smells like jasmine tea wildlifetrusts.org/identi…
Sea otters, to keep warm, have the densest fur in the mammal kingdom! (up to a million hairs per square inch!) defenders.org/sea-otter/b…

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