sea otter

noun

Definition of sea otter

: a rare marine otter (Enhydra lutris) of the northern Pacific coasts that may attain a length of six feet (two meters), is chiefly brown but with lighter coloration on the back of the head and neck, and feeds largely on shellfish

Examples of sea otter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joey, an adorable baby sea otter that was rescued in June and is now being streamed 24/7 from his nursery. Tanner Saunders, Travel + Leisure, "This Sleepy Baby Sea Otter Livestream Is the Sweetest Thing You’ll See All Week," 12 Aug. 2020 The Great White Serial Killer returns, and its hunting may lead the California sea otter to extinction. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Everything you need to know about Shark Week 2020," 9 Aug. 2020 And so the sea otter (Enhydra lutris), once common from the Baja coast of Mexico to the northern shores of Japan, was nearly hunted to extinction by the turn of the 20th century. James Dinneen, Smithsonian Magazine, "Bringing Back Sea Otters Benefits People, Too," 12 June 2020 However, the main attractions, like the sea otter and penguin exhibits, jellyfish gallery and kelp forest habitat, will be accessible. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Monterey Bay Aquarium to reopen in July — with new rules," 22 June 2020 In the 1970s, Jim Estes discovered that sea otters in Alaska significantly shaped their communities by preying on sea urchins. National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 19 May 2020 Some of them, like the sea otters, are adorable, and some are positively Zen, like the moon jelly cam, which plays meditative music while displaying these diaphanous creatures against a blue background. New York Times, "Mythical Matchmaker," 22 Apr. 2020 Whales are one example, others include turtles, sea otters, seals and, critically for humans, fisheries. Dr. Kirsten Thompson, Time, "Humpback Whales Have Made a Remarkable Recovery, Giving Us Hope for the Planet," 16 May 2020 Lots of animals have fat reserves deep in their bodies, but marine mammals (with the exception of sea otters and polar bears) keep theirs right under the skin to insulate them against ice-cold waters. Purbita Saha, Popular Science, "Stay-at-home science project: Craft handmade blubber," 30 Apr. 2020

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1664, in the meaning defined above

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“Sea otter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sea%20otter. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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