Did you know otters have the thickest fur of any animal-or that there are countless puns you can make with them? Keep reading to find out some fun facts about these amazing creatures, and possibly impress your next date with some cute otter puns.
Otters live on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.
Otters are a member of the Mustelidae family, and are cousins with weasels.
There are 13 different Otter species:Eurasian Otter, Hairy-nosed Otter, Spotted-necked Otter, smooth-coated Otter, North American River Otter, South American river Otter, Neotropical river otter, Marine Otter, Giant Otter, Asian Small-Clawed Otter, African Clawless Otter, Congo Clawless Otter, and (most common) the Sea Otter!
90% of Otters live on the coast of Alaska
Otters eat LOTS of food! Their diet consists mainly of crustaceans, mussels, snails, crabs, sea urchins, and other slow moving water creatures. Sea Otters eat 25% of their body weight each day.
Sea Otters can hold their breath for 5 minutes, and river otters can hold it up to 8 minutes.
They have the thickest fur out of any animal! Per square inch, otters have between 850,000 and 1 million hairs. Their skin consists of two layers, and undercoat and overcoat (the fur you see.) Unlike other marine mammals, Otters do not have a layer of blubber. As a result they have to rely on their water-resistant fur for insolation.
Each different Otter species has a different weight gap. The smallest otters are the Marine Otters, weighing a minimum (full grown) of about 6.5 lbs. The largest would be the Giant Otter. This species can weigh up to 80bs and can grow to about 6 feet long!
Baby Otters are called pups.
Otters have quick reflexes which helps them catch their prey. To open their food, Otters will often pry open shells with a rock. They often store their food in the skin under their armpits.
Otters float on their backs and use their bellies as a table when eating.
Beware, Otters have a harsh bite and a nasty temper, they are fiesty animals.
Puns (found on google):
You think I’m cute? Get otter here!
What if I say, I’m not like the otters
Hello from the otter side!
No not an otter pun!
I feel like we’re drifting apart, maybe it’s time we sea otter people!
You’re my otter half