Sea Otter

Conservation

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
FamilyMustelidae
SubfamilyLutrinae
GenusEnhydra
Binomial nameEnhydra lutris

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The sea otter is a marine mammal that can be found on the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean. They usually weigh between 14 and 45 kilograms and are about 1.2 to 1.5 meters in total body length.

The sea otters is considered to be the biggest members of the weasel family but are among the smallest marine mammals.

Their primary form of insulation is a thick coat of fur, and due to this are capable of living exclusively in the ocean.

They feed mostly on marine invertebrates such as urchins, mollusks and crustaceans and some species of fish.