Globally endangered (EN) (Source: IUCN Red List)

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  • English
    • Sea Otter
  • Scientific Names
    • Enhydra lutris
    • Enhydra lutris kamtschatica
    • Lutra gracilis
    • Lutra marina
    • Lutra stelleri
    • Mustela lutris
  • Spanish
    • Nutria marina
    • Nutria Del Kamtchatka
  • French
    • Loutre De Mer

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Recent observations

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What

Sea Otter Enhydra lutris

Observer

nking

Date

November 23, 2014 03:55 PM PST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

300+ yards off shore through 10x binoc, several otters

Photos / Sounds

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What

Sea Otter Enhydra lutris

Observer

nking

Date

November 23, 2014 02:51 PM PST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

just a few yards off shore. 3 others 2-3 hundred yards out

Photos / Sounds

What

Southern Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

Observer

jmaughn

Date

November 20, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

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What

southern sea otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

Observer

gbentall

Date

November 14, 2014 04:44 PM PST

Place

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Photos / Sounds

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What

California Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

Observer

dpom

Date

November 19, 2014 04:28 PM PST

Place

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Photos / Sounds

What

California Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

Observer

robberfly

Date

November 19, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Always strange for me to see this north of Monterrey Bay, but Donna said she's seen them in abundance sometimes off Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay. Many years ago I saw one off Land's End in SF County - a place they were hunted 100 years ago into extirpation.

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What

Southern Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

Observer

jmaughn

Date

November 16, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

What

California Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

Observer

dpom

Date

November 14, 2014 10:10 AM PST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Small otter eating a very large sea urchin. As usual, accompanied by an opportunistic gull.

Photos / Sounds

What

Southern Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

Observer

paloma

Date

November 10, 2014 10:21 AM PST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

What

Southern Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

Observer

jmaughn

Date

November 10, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Appeared to be attempting mating...with a juvenile Harbor Seal. The seal eventually slipped the otter's grasp.

Photos / Sounds

What

California Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

November 3, 2014 02:06 PM PST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

After being awakened from his nap by the boat, this otter executed a complete barrel roll with his front paws still out of the water (to preserve heat) to check us out.

Photos / Sounds

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What

California Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

Observer

dpom

Date

November 3, 2014 02:01 PM PST

Place

(Somewhere...)
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Description from Wikipedia

The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is a marine mammal native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean. Adult sea otters typically weigh between 14 and 45 kg (31 and 99 lb), making them the heaviest members of the weasel family, but among the smallest marine mammals. Unlike most marine mammals, the sea otter's primary form of insulation is an exceptionally thick coat of fur, the densest in the animal kingdom. Although it can walk on land, the sea...

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