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  1. Sea otters have a pocket set across their chest in which they carry their favorite rock. This rock is used to crack open shellfish and each rock is unique to that specific otter. They tend to hold onto the same rock for life.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Giant 6ft otters still exist in three remote river systems of South America. They hunt in packs and can even take on crocodiles.

  6. Sea otters with pink noses are females. Otters mate in the water, and males bite the females on the nose and face to hold them in position...so scar tissue turns the females' noses pink.

  7. Sea otters are one of the only natural predators of sea urchins which makes them a keystone species in helping to maintain the balance of kelp ecosystems. Because they help maintain the kelp ecosystem, they are indirectly helping to reduce levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  8. Sea Otters have a ''favorite rock'' they store in a special pouch. This rock is used for various things, such as cracking open shellfish and clams.

  9. Sea Otters have the densest hair in the world, with up to 140,000 hairs per square centimeter. Humans have about 300/cm² on their head.

  10. Flushing cat poop kills sea otters by infecting them with toxoplasmosis

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Sea otters have the densest fur of the animal kingdom with about 1,000,000 hairs per square inch.

A California Aquarium Once Apologized for Calling An Otter 'Thicc,' 'Chonky,' and an 'Absolute Unit'

Sea otters lick and fluff their newborn for hours, causing their pup's fur to retain enough air to act as a floatation device.

Male otters will sometimes hold pups ransom to force their mothers to give up some of their food

Sea Otters are known to hold hands in groups - called a raft - while they eat, sleep and rest, to prevent families losing each other while adrift on water.

Otters have the thickest fur of any animal - as many as 1 million hairs per square inch

Sea otters have the densest hair in the world, ranging from about 26,000 to 165,000 hairs per square centimeter.

In 2006 a beaver pair moved to Alhambra creek in California. When they did they transformed the area into a wildlife refuge, revitalizing populations of River Otters, Minks, and various birds.

There is a marine park in Japan where you can shake hands with otters.

A non profit group called Nurtured by Nature in California provides the opportunity for children with terminal illnesses to swim and play with otters.

Otters engage in necrophelia so much that it's beginning to impact their populations

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.

There are Giant River Otters that are 6 feet long and eat 6-9 pounds of food per day. There are only a few thousand left in the world.

Giant otters have dense, velvety and thick brown fur which is water repellent (prevents water from reaching the skin).

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.

African clawless otter digs burrows on the river banks where it hides from the predators and high temperatures during the day.

Wildlife that can be found in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park include Alaskan moose, Dall sheep, black bears, grizzly bears, bison, caribou, mountain goats, arctic ground squirrels, porcupines, red foxes, snowshoe hares, lynxes, martens, river otters, coyotes, hoary marmots, weasels, voles, pikas, wolverines, wolves, and many others including the possibility of cougars.

There are at least 50 different mammal species living within Shenandoah National Park including bobcats, black bears, white tailed deer, skunks, chipmunks, coyotes, foxes, opossums, otters, squirrels, raccoons, bats, moles, and shrews.

Smaller mammal species that make the boreal forest their home include bats, beavers, squirrels, flying squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, rabbits and hares, river otters, badgers, moles, and picas.

There were giant apex predator otters roaming China millions of years ago.

A small sample of the different types of marine mammals include seals, whales, sea lions, dolphins, otters, porpoises, walruses, and manatees.

Major rivers in Vermont include the Otter River, West River, and the Connecticut River.

Wildlife that can be found in Tongass National Forest includes black bears, wolves, brown bears, moose, mountain goats, porpoises, humpback whales, killer whales, sea otters, hair seals, and bald eagles.

Wildlife that can be found living in Khao Yai National Park include wild elephants, Asiatic elephants, Sambar deer, black water monitors, Malayan porcupines, black giant squirrels, moustached barbets, green-eared barbets, Indian muntjacs, great hornbills, chestnut-headed bee-eaters, northern pig-tailed macaques, red-headed trogons, green-legged partridges, Siamese firebacks, Asian fairy bluebirds, guars, otters, bears, leopard cats, marbled cats, clouded leopards, golden cats, and Vogel's pit vipers. A tiger has not been seen in the park in over 10 years.

Giant otters have well developed sense of sight, used primarily for the hunting. Besides eyes, they use the whiskers to detect the prey in the water by identifying changes in the water pressure and current.