Soft fur and cuteness aren’t the only reasons to love sea otters. They can dive to great depths, use rocks as tools, and females carry their cubs wherever they go, constantly caring for them. If these reasons aren’t enough, we’ve prepared another one…
In order never to separate, sea otters hold hands while they sleep. These creatures care about always sticking together above all else. That’s why they usually sleep in groups. Since day one, sea otters never separate from their cubs. When the cubs are too young to hold hands, they float on their mothers’ backs. While mothers hunt, they wrap their little otters in seaweed, and because of that, they can be sure cubs won’t get lost or separated. Luckily, with their mothers, cubs learn to swim and hunt really quickly.
Sea otters spend most of their time in the water and sometimes come to the shore to sleep or rest. They usually float on the water surface, lying on their backs. So as to find food, they repeatedly hit seashells with rocks until they crack open. Besides seashells, they will gladly eat a crab, an octopus, or a fish. Committed to taking care of their fur, sea otters use their paws and teeth to clean themselves after every meal. If even then they aren’t satisfied with the cleanliness of fur that protects them from cold and injuries, they will gladly bathe in the ocean.
It’s hard to believe that this sweet little creature was near extinction. Because of fur trade, at the beginning of the last century, there were only 2000 specimen of sea otters left. Luckily, today 106.000 specimen can be found all over the world. Still, they are threatened by fishing nets and oil spillage, and that’s why they’re labelled as an endangered species today.
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