Sea Otters

by Jenni Johnson


Do you think there are sea otters
living here in the Puget Sound?

You may think “NO! There
are no sea otters in the Puget Sound”. Well, think again… there
may not be a lot of sea otters in the Puget Sound but there are some.

One reason why you might jump
to the conclusion that there ore not sea otters in the Puget Sound is because
they don’t live in big groups and so they ore not easy to see. The sea otters
live with other sea otters especially when they are pups. While some older
sea otters live together, not do and those that do may not all of the time.
So it is hard to see if there are sea otters in the Puget Sound because
the see otters are not in a huge clumps. The sea offers hardly ever go far
off shore and if they do go off shore it is a maximum of half a mile that
they would go because they don’t want to be so far away from their home
and food. They spend most of their life in water. So, that makes two reasons
why you might make the mistake that the sea otter does not live here in
the Puget Sound.

These sea otters are carnivores but they don’t eat other mammals. The sea
otter eats sea urchins, crabs, clam, oyster, abalone (a mollusk) and different
types of fish. These three to four feet tall creatures (sea otters) eat
about five thousand pounds of food a year. Now no one would have guessed
that, now would they?

Now sea otters are great hunters
thanks to their fur. Their fur keeps them warm. Little air bubbles get in
the fur and that is what keeps them warm. But also they have two layers
of fur one is a tall layer and one is a short layer. The short layer is
the one that traps the air bubbles. If oil got on their fur the fur would
be considered matted and the air bubbles wouldn’t be able to get in and
the sea otter would then eventually get cold and die. But the sea otter’s
fur is very thick. A matter of fact it has over one hundred thousand more
hairs per square inches then a full grown dog.

Quick Facts:

  • The sea otter can grow up
    to four foot tall, its tail can grow to be ten to fifteen inches long.
  • The sea otter male can weigh
    up to a hundred pounds, the female can weigh up to sixty pounds
  • The sea otter lives along
    the north west coast of America
  • The sea otter eats shellfish,
    crab, and fish (those are the most common meals to the sea otter)
  • The sea otter can live to be
    twenty years old