Ever wonder why sea otters float around with their paws up out of the water?
A sea otter’s thick coat does a phenomenal job of keeping water away from the skin so the animal can stay warm even in the chilly waters of Alaska. However, not all parts of a sea otter’s body has such dense fur, such as the nearly fur-free paws. In order to conserve heat, sea otters keep as much of their body as dry as they can, and this includes keeping their sensitive paws up out of the water as much as possible. Even when a sea otter resting at the surface turns over onto its belly, it will hold those front paws up to keep them out of the chilly water.
Just stumbled across this great picture from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Happy #MothersDay! We salute hardworking mothers everywhere, and especially our exhibit sea otters, who have helped raise more than 600 stranded pups since we started our program 30 years ago. Hope you have a great day!
One of the best things about the Monterey Bay Aquarium is that after you see all of the incredible exhibits you can still walk outside and see wild sea otters floating around. If you’ve never been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, you should go. It’s one of my favorite aquariums in the world!