Sea Otter, Prince William Sound, Alaska #3924


Sea Otter, Prince William Sound, Alaska #3924


Sea otter portrait, Prince William Sound, Alaska. A floating sea otter rests in the Sound’s placid waters. Most sea otters in this area feed on a variety of marine life with blue mussels and sea urchins of particular interest, along with crabs and clams.  The otters’ foraging and eating habits are noteworthy in several respects. It uses rocks to dislodge prey and to open shells, making it one of the few mammal species to use tools. Unlike most other marine mammals, otters lack a blubber layer and depend on their dense, water-resistant fur to provide insulation. Their fur contains between 600,000 to 1,000,000 hair follicles per square inch but to keep warm, sea otters spend a large portion of their days grooming and conditioning their fur.

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