Otters

Otters are semi-aquatic (or in one case aquatic) mammals. The otter subfamily Lutrinae forms part of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, polecats, badgers, and wolverines. With twelve species in seven genera, otters have an almost worldwide distribution. They mainly eat aquatic animals, predominantly fish and shellfish, but also other invertebrates, amphibians, birds and small mammals.
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Otters have long, slim bodies and relatively short limbs, with webbed paws. Most have sharp claws on their feet, and all except the sea otter have long muscular tails. The twelve species range in adult size from 0.7 to 1.8 metres (2 to 6 feet) in length and 5 to 45 kilograms (11 to 100 pounds) in weight.
They have a very soft, insulated underfur which is protected by their outer layer of long guard hair. This traps a layer of air, and keeps them dry and warm under water.
This information from Wikipedia.

One Reply to “Otters”

  1. I’ve seen one otter in the wild. It was on Rochester Creek, and was just one of many nice things about the creek. Subsequent trips suggest that I can’t promise anything more than a 1 in 4 chance of seeing an Otter on Rochester Creek, but that’s only one of several things to recommend putting it on your list of streams to paddle.

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