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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Sea Otter Enhydra lutris

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rjadams55

Date

August 26, 2016 04:53 PM PDT

Description

This mother and pup were just two of half a dozen Sea Otters in the area. The mother would repeatedly dive down and bring up clusters of mussels which she would then share with her still nursing pup.

@gbentall based on the ridges, I believe these are California Mussels (Mytilus californianus) but would you mind taking another look before I crop the photo and add them to the Sea Otter Prey database.

Thank you!

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Southern Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

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samanthahaeger

Date

August 17, 2016 09:28 AM MDT

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Southern Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

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anudibranchmom

Date

August 24, 2016 09:00 AM PDT

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Southern Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

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setibarbara

Date

July 26, 2016 11:29 AM PDT

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Southern Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

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kevinsutter

Date

August 15, 2016 06:39 PM PDT

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Southern Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

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anudibranchmom

Date

August 17, 2016 09:10 AM PDT

Description

Eating a (headless) sea bird, most likely a Brandt's Cormorant (this was underneath their nesting area) but maybe could be a Common Murre, since there have been a lot of dead ones on the beach recently. @gbentall have you seen this feeding behavior before?

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Sea Otter Enhydra lutris

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kbaylady

Date

August 14, 2016 02:18 PM AKDT

Description

Recently dead, this sea otter washed up on Anchor Pt beach near the mouth of the Anchor River. There was also another dead otter that was very degraded and dead for a long time

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Southern Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

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jmaughn

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August 15, 2016 04:29 PM PDT

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Sea Otter Enhydra lutris

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jonesd35

Date

August 1, 2015

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Sea Otter Enhydra lutris

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noaboa

Date

June 12, 2011 08:58 PM EDT

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Sea Otter Enhydra lutris

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rockjetty

Date

June 9, 2006 08:05 PM EDT

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Southern Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

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jmaughn

Date

August 13, 2016 04:38 PM PDT
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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...

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