Head and body lenth: averages approx. 55 cm, Tail: Averages approx. 35 cm
3.2 - 5.8 kg
Unknown, population declining
Long patches of rocky shore, preferably with access to caves that remain above water at high tide
Adore the shore? The marine otter certainly does, spending 80% of the day at or near the rocky coastline before retiring to a den or refuge for the night. Females give birth in cave dens, with both parents then sharing the task of bringing crustaceans, bivalves, octopuses and fish to feed their hungry families. Scientists believe the marine otter may be one of the most recent mammals to adapt to a marine habitat and lifestyle. But humans are also drawn to places where water meets land, and with humans also comes poaching, over-exploration of resources and dogs that prey on otters. The shore is becoming a dangerous place to be.