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 The Newport aquarium announced the new addition Thursday, releasing the requisite series of adorable photos of the baby sea otter that was only three weeks old and weighed 6.5 pounds when it was found stranded off the coast of California in May. oregonlive, 29 July 2021 This all means that even a relatively inactive sea otter needs to consume a lot of calories just to stay warm. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2021 But new research reveals that the super-fluffy fur that nearly led the sea otter to be hunted into extinction isn’t the whole story. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2021 Aquarium staff got a call Monday afternoon about the sea otter, which was stranded at the south end of Manzanita beach. oregonlive, 7 Apr. 2021 Some mating pairs have already laid eggs, and more will produce eggs in the coming month or so, a few of which may be fertilized and develop into baby penguins, said Lana Gonzalez, penguin and sea otter manager at the Shedd. Clare Proctor, chicagotribune.com, 19 Apr. 2021 Seaside Aquarium staffers on Monday rescued an ailing sea otter, a rare sight on the Oregon coast. oregonlive, 7 Apr. 2021 Others have suggested bringing in another kelp forest predator, the sea otter, to help fight back the urchins. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Mar. 2021 Lana Gonzalez, manager of sea otter sand penguins at Shedd, will talk about penguin care during that event, while Wellington, presumably, will enjoy birthday treats such as fish. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of sea otter

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 20 Sep. 2021.

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