Sea Otter

Sea Otter

When resting or sleeping, sea otters float on their backs and wrap themselves in kelp to keep from drifting.

Sea otters spend the majority of their time in the ocean, but rest on land when the population density is high or during stormy weather.

When resting or sleeping, sea otters float on their backs and wrap themselves in kelp to keep from drifting. Their hind limbs stick out of the water and their forelimbs are either folded on their chest or used to cover their eyes.

While a mother sea otter is foraging, she also wraps her pup in kelp at the water surface to keep it from drifting away.


Image | ©️ Andrew Reding, Some Rights Reserved((CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Sources | (Allegra & Gunderson 2012; Cohn, 1998; Estes, 1980; Estes, Underwood, & Karmann, 1986; Fisher, 1939; Limbaugh, 1961; Lockwood, 2006; Nowak, 1999; Paine, 1993)

 

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