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Playful Otters

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    Otter Goggles:

    Otters are watertight! They can close their nostrils and ears to shut out water completely while diving. This way, they'll never end up with water up their nose or get “swimmer’s ear!”


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    What's Cooking?

    Curious creatures, otters have been known to follow scent trails up to 100 miles long just to find out where the smell came from!

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    Cool Coat!

    Otters' waterproof coats and insulating layers of fat help them survive the frigid water temperatures. They also have super thick body hair; a Canadian scientist counted 40,000 hairs on just one square inch of an otter’s body!

You can visit Sushi and Dunkin year-round! If you don’t see them swimming in their pool – look for them sleeping in their grassy nests in various locations throughout the exhibit.


About North American River Otters

conservation status: near threatened

Geographic Range:

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Class: Mammalia  
Order: Carnivora   
Family: Mustelidae  
Genus: Lontra  
Species: canadensis 

Otters are champion swimmers. As they glide through the water, they hold their forelegs back against their cylindrical bodies and use their tail as a rudder. Thick coats and a layer of fat waterproof and insulate the otter from cold water and temperatures. They're even able to close off their ears and nostrils while diving, making them watertight.

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