Thursday, July 21, 2011

Today's Photo: Sea Otter at the Vancouver Aquarium

Today's Photo is of Milo, a sea otter at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park. During my visit, I saw not only Milo, but also dolphins, jellyfish, and beluga whales (impressive!). The sea otters, though, were by far the cutest of the bunch. Here are a few sea otter facts that I learned:

  • Sea otters' fur is the thickest in the animal kingdom, so thick that their skin never actually gets wet.
  • Sea otters eat about a third of their body weight every day (They have a high metabolic rate)!
  • Sea otters were extinct in British Columbia due to the fur traders in the 1800s but some Alaskan sea otters were relocated to the Vancouver area and now there are about ~3000 in the area today.

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