Cute and Cuddly Sea Otters

Californian Sea Otter.

Cute and cuddly they may be, but sea otters are voracious predators of shellfish, sea urchins, crabs, octopuses and fish and any other smallish morsels they can find. They forage underwater usually for about one to two minutes, but can remain submerged for up to six. Prey is located by vision or touch, which is then brought to the surface by the front paws.

Californian Sea Otter.

On the surface the otter can feed in a leisurely fashion whilst floating on its back, using its belly as a table. They are one of the few creatures that exhibit tool-use. Some otters carry stones which they use as anvils to smash open the shellfish or sea urchins.

Californian Sea Otter.

Otters will often wash their food by turning over in the water time and time again. Sea otters are diurnal, and have bursts of foraging activity at dawn and dusk.

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