The average otter can hold their breath for 7 minutes.
Otter have specially adapted lens, which enables them to focus underwater.
Have you tried opening your eyes underwater? What a difference a pair
of goggles makes. They also have skin flaps to help them keep out the
water when they dive to depths of around 30ft.
There are interesting and unusual names associated with otters, for example
their lair is a 'Holt' and
a family of Otters are known as a 'Romp'. A
bunch floating in a group is called a 'Raft otters'.
As with humans, old otters have white whiskers.
Those that study otters say that they carry around the same stone.
Moreover, they are one of only a few tool-using mammals.
You may think that they keep warm with blubber like seals, but no,
otters insulate themselves against the cold with hair.
Another interesting otter fact is that they have slightly webbed
feet, which makes them easy to track.
more otter facts
Otter Natural History
While otters live in water, they are mammals with fur and not reptiles with
scales. One surprise is that they are meat eaters, however fishermen know
that otters can ruin their prospects of a fish supper. Otters also eat
frogs newts and in hard times, crabs and shellfish.
There are about a dozen distinct species of otter, their habitats vary from
Canada to South America, and from Europe to Asia. Most otters live in
rivers, but an exception is the sea otter of North Pacific. (Picture of
sea otter floating to the right.)
Also see here for river otter video.
Otter voting, spot his tick next to 'Herring'.
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