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Mammals: Otter
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Mammals: Otter

Energetic, playful, and smart, otters are never boring to watch. With webbed feet and a flat tail, these acrobatic swimmers spend most of their time in the water. Most species live in social groups and make a wide range of sounds to communicate.

Discover more about these adept swimmers and carnivorous mammals.

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Sea Otter Challenge Interactive Game

Sea Otter Challenge Interactive Game

Did you know kelp forests would be destroyed without sea otters? Take this quiz where each correct answer moves your hungry otter closer to rich feeding grounds. More...

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Aquarium of the Pacific
The Daily Otter

The Daily Otter

Can you resist these cute photos of otters? See them getting chin rubs, feeding from a bottle, cuddling, napping, and making mischief. More...

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The Daily Otter
Keystone Species: Sea Otter

Keystone Species: Sea Otter

Hundreds of years ago, the sea otter was hunted almost to extinction. Fishermen saw big changes in the ecosystem. Investigate how one species affected the others in its habitat. More...

Article
Exploring Nature
Otter Spotter: Citizen Science Project

Otter Spotter: Citizen Science Project

Love otters and live in the San Francisco Bay area? You can get involved in the River Otter Ecology Project by sending in your otter observations, photos, and videos. More...

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The River Otter Ecology Project
Otters: Photo Gallery

Otters: Photo Gallery

Sea otters eat, sleep, hunt, mate, and give birth in the water. Get a close-up look at this species and other otters in the wild. More...

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National Geographic
Scientist Profile: Marine Biologist

Scientist Profile: Marine Biologist

Michelle is a marine biologist specializing in otters. Watch a typical day for her at California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium, and discover what it’s like to work with these smart animals. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Sea Otter Awareness Week

Sea Otter Awareness Week

This annual event is all about these marine mammals, their natural history, and their role in the nearshore ecosystem. Click around for sea otter facts and find out how you can join the fun. More...

Article
Friends of the Sea Otter
Sea Otter Web Cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sea Otter Web Cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Watch otters at the Monterey Bay Aquarium play with toys, swim, eat, and learn special behaviors, such as how to hold objects in their paws. More...

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Monterey Bay Aquarium
Sea Otters

Sea Otters

The sea otter is one of the smallest marine mammals. Unlike other otters, it can spend its whole life in the ocean. Take a closer look at its dense fur, behavior, range, and threats. More...

Article
SeaOtters.com
WaterLife Game

WaterLife Game

Fertilizer runoff and other pollutants damage estuaries, a habitat for otters and other animals. Play this estuaries game, helping Oscar the otter restore his home. More...

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NOAA
Yellowstone Otters

Yellowstone Otters

At Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, river otters can fish throughout the 8-month-long winter, thanks to thermal pools. Discover more about this weasel relative. More...

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NATURE/PBS

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