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Kane Silver badge
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"Then you give these people a second referendum and claim it has significance"

Well, if you're going off topic...

Welcome to Otter Facts!

  • Thirteen different species of otter exist all around the world. Some are small river otters, and some are bigger sea otters.
  • 90% of all sea otters live on the coast of Alaska.
  • They're hungry animals! Sea otters eat 25% of their body weight in food every day.
  • They like to eat sea urchins, clams, mussels and crabs. They use their sea whiskers to find small creatures to eat, and their paws to dig for clams.
  • Clever creatures, they'll use rocks to crack open the clams. They carry rocks and store food in the loose skin under their armpits - who needs carrier bags!
  • Unlike most marine mammals, they don't have a layer of blubber. But, they do have the thickest fur of all animals.
  • Baby otters are called pups. Newborn pups need lots of attention, and will stay close to their mum's until they've developed enough skills to go it alone - usually at 6 months.
  • An otter pup's fur is too dense for it to swim underwater. So, their mother leaves them floating while she searches for food, until their adult fur grows in.
  • Don't challenge an otter to a holding-your-breath competition! Sea otters can stay underwater for 5 minutes, and river otters can hold their breath for even longer - 8 minutes!
  • Otters like to stick together, so when they sleep they will wrap themselves in seaweed and float together in a group. A group of resting otters is called a raft. We wouldn't go drifting away on one of these rafts, however! Otters have a nasty bite!

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