Conservation Status




--Otters are made for the water! They have sleek, streamlined bodies perfect for swimming and diving. Their back feet act like rudders and they have flattened tails that propel them through the water.

--Keeping their fur clean is important, so otters spend a lot of time grooming.

--Sea otters have a high metabolism and may eat up to 20 pounds of food a day!

Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Genus: Enhydra
Species: lutris


Weight: 65 - 85 pounds with males being larger than females
Length: 55 - 58 inches
Life Span: 15 years
Gestation: 4 to 9 months, with a delayed implantation period
# of young: 1 to 5
Range: Coastal regions throughout the eastern North Pacific Ocean
Diet: Carnivore, eats sea urchins, crabs, abalone, clams, mussels, fish and octopus

Energy & Conservation

Sea otters were once abundant before fur hunters nearly caused them to go extinct. They have been protected since 1911 and have made a comeback.

Otters, like other marine animals, are negatively affected by oil spills. Oil mats their fur and can damage their ability to hunt for food or stay warm causing hypothermia.

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