Sea Otter

Sea Otter

Scientific Name -Enhydra lutris

Classification – Carnivore

Gender Names – Male – dog; Female – bitch;  baby – pup

Collective Noun – bevy, family, lodge, raft

Average Length – 1.25m (4 ft)

Average Weight – 30 kg (65 lbs)

Speed – surface – 1.5 km/h (0.9 mph); underwater – 14 km/h (9mph)

Life Expectancy – 10 to 12 years

Mating Season – throughout the year

Pregnancy – 6-8 months

Special Features – they have webbed feet to help them swim and water-repellent fur to keep them warm and dry. They spend most of their time floating on their backs.




Family Unit – Sea otters spend much of their time alone foraging for food but can also often be found floating together in single sex groups called rafts. Apart from mating season males and females live separate lives. Pups remain with their mothers for 5 – 12 months.

Geographical Distribution – California, Washington, Alaska, Canada, Russia, and Japan.

World Population – 100,000

Conservation Status – endangered

Natural Habitat – coastal regions

Diet -clams, mussels, urchins, crabs, and fish

Predators – humans, sharks, bears, eagles and killer whales


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Sea Otter. Available: Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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