Fun Fact Friday – Otters

There’s no denying that otters are the cutest sea animals in the world – you can consider that your first fact of today. Not only do they look incredibly cuddly, but that mischievous glint in their eye adds a little something extra to their cuteness. If you’re a big fan of Buttercup Cumbersnatch (aka Benedict Cumberbatch) then you’ll have a special place in your heart for otters.

Come with us as we venture into the lake and find out all we can about these adorable little creatures.

  1. Not just cute to look at otters are also very loveable creatures. In 2001 it was revealed that female otters are happy to adopt abandoned baby otters and care for them as if they were their own. We’re not crying, you are.
  2. Baby otters, known as pups, can’t swim so mums carry their babies on their bellies. It’s practical and it looks adorable.
  3. They have the thickest fur of any mammal in the animal kingdom with up to on million hairs per square inch. Imagine the bill at your hairdresser for a head of highlights.
  4. Just like us humans, otters love to eat shellfish. Not equipped with the strength to open shells, otters use tools to get into their food, usually with rocks.
  5. An otter’s favourite rock will be stored in a pouch under their forearm.
  6. Otters have very distinct poop that helps them mark their territory and communicate with other otters. Their droppings are known as spraint – the more you know.
  7. Adding to the cuteness is sea otters’ enviable whiskers, which earned them the nickname “old man of the sea”. Otters just get better and better.
  8. Here comes cuteness overload – otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t drift apart.
  9. Before drifting off, otters make little kelp blankets to help anchor themselves and then use their adorable paws to cover their eyes. THIS IS TOO MUCH.
  10. Otters don’t really need to live in groups for protection so if you see a group of otters, known as a raft, they’re probably just catching up with their mates.

 

We’re off to adopt ALL the otters.

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