Southern Sea Otter

The southern sea otter is found along the California coast from Half Moon Bay to Coal Oil Point near Santa Barbara.

Sea otters, the smallest of the marine mammals, are the only ones that do not have blubber to keep them warm in the cold ocean water. In order to stay warm, they may eat 25 to 30 percent of their body weight each day! They also have dense fur—in just one square inch, a sea otter has 800,000 to 1,000,000 hairs.

Sea otters are listed as an endangered species due to oil pollution, poaching and overfishing.

Our Sea Otters: When you see our otters roll around on the piles of ice in their exhibit, they are actually keeping themselves warm. The ice absorbs the excess salt water off their pelts helping them to maintain its insulating qualities.

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Our animals are part of the Aquarium’s living collection and may be transferred to another zoo, aquarium, or other facility. The life expectancy of each animal varies by species and may or may not be replaced with the same species. These decisions are based on the need to enhance a particular exhibit or gallery, for educational purposes, to contribute knowledge of captive animal husbandry, or to provide research opportunities.

 

 

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