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Northern Sea Otters

Enhydra lutris kenyoni

Description:

From the Alaska Department of Fish and Game: The sea otter is the largest member of the weasel family. Their fur is made up of a dense underfur, ranging in color from brown to black, and longer guard hairs. The guard hairs can be brown to black to silver. Their hind feet are webbed to aid in swimming, and their front toes are short and stiff. Adult sea otters may grow up to 5 feet in length. The males weigh 80–100 pounds but can weigh more than 100 pounds. The females are smaller, weighing 50–70 pounds.

Habitat:

Ocean coastal inlets along Southern Alaska. Part of the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Notes:

We had barely left the harbor when we spotted these two just floating along and munching on food they had brought up from the ocean floor. Many can be seen all along the Seward, AK coastline.

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Alaska, USA

Lat: 60.09, Long: -149.42

Spotted on May 18, 2017
Submitted on May 20, 2017

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