The Big Deal About Sea Otters

Why Sea Otters Are Important? All Animals Have A Purpose

Food

  • Sea otters eat on their bellies as a table
  • They eat clams, snails, mussels, squids, scallops, small octopus, and more
  • Sea otters eat over a 160 different foods
  • Sea otters eat every three hours

Endangerment

  • Sea otters were hunted for their soft, thick fur
  • Oil spills affected the sea otter population

Predators

  • Sea otter's predators are sharks, humans, and bald eagles
  • Before, sea otters were hunted near extinction
  • Now they are less endangered than before

Habitat

  • Sea otter habitats are Kuril Island, Kamcha Island, California, and Vancouver
  • They no longer live in places such as Coast of Mexico because many people skinned otters

Reproduction

  • Female sea otters are mature at the age of four
  • Males are capable at age four as well
  • Most male and female successfully reproduce until ages 5-7

Climate

  • Sea otters live in arctic waters on the Pacific Coast
  • They live in cold water

Characteristics

  • Small, round head, closed nostrils, ears with flaps, and small eyes that can see in water

Evolution

  • Sea otters are the smallest marine mammals
  • Others were put into two categories, one who eats fish and another who eat invertebrates.