Sea Otter

SEA OTTER (Enhydra lutris) is the largest member of the weasel family. It inhabits coastal kelp beds from Alaska to California, spending almost all of its time in the water and feeding on SEA URCHINS, shellfish and SEA STARS. Its feeding patterns control the number of sea urchins, which in turn allows KELP to thrive. The sea otter has long moustache-like whiskers and often floats on its back. It is the only mammal, other than primates, that uses tools to feed: it grasps rocks and smashes shells...

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