If you’re lucky enough to live in Japan, you can shake hands with an otter at Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park.
From Rocket News 24: These otters are Asian small-clawed otters which are the smallest (therefore cutest) in the world. In the exhibit called “Otter Finger Touch, Fish Catch” holes are installed into the otter’s habitat’s glass. By holding out the great scent of Wakasagi Smelt you can entice an otter to the glass were it will reach out through the hole and grab your finger. It’s like visiting the cutest prison or off-track betting parlor in the universe!
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!