sea otter


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

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The group includes martens, weasels, badgers, honey badgers, otters, and sea otters. National Geographic, "As wolverines battle to survive, warming poses a new threat," 11 July 2019 Capuchins, chimpanzees and sea otters, among others, are known to use rocks to crack open, respectively, nuts and shellfish. The Economist, "Capuchin monkeys have been using stone tools for around 3,000 years," 27 June 2019 Ryan Reynolds narrates the film, which is presented by the Canadian company Seaspan and Destination British Columbia, and takes viewers on a visual journey into a world with grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters, and humpback whales. Kari Bodnarchuk,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 18 June 2019 Eyes turn to Pebble Beach While the eyes of many across America turn to Pebble Beach (always good for sea otters in Stillwater Cove), the whale-watching show is already a go in Monterey Bay. Tom Stienstra,, "Whales, killer sharks steal some of U.S. Open’s thunder in Monterey Bay," 12 June 2019 Alaska lawmakers have been protesting the effects of sea otters' expansion for years. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskans make new push to kill more sea otters, saying they’re decimating Southeast shellfish," 17 Mar. 2018 Mishka, a 4-year-old sea otter, is prepared for times like these, when wildfire smoke chokes the region and air quality reaches unhealthy levels. Sean Quinton, The Seattle Times, "Mishka the asthmatic otter at Seattle Aquarium has mastered her inhaler to get through the haze," 24 Aug. 2018 The Alaska SeaLife Center has two new young pups: A newborn sea otter and harbor seal, both thought to be abandoned. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the Alaska SeaLife Center’s newest pups," 15 June 2018 Just one is enough to kill an animal as big as a dolphin, sea otter or Beluga whale. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018

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1664, in the meaning defined above

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