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Significant Otters

Look who popped up in the Ocean’s Reach pond last week!

Longtime guest Scott Norris captured a number of wonderful images on his latest visit here from Indianapolis, so much so that we thought we’d dedicate this week’s blogs to the amazing photos he shared with us.

First up are these “significant otters,” who are just as cute as can be!

Just how lovable are they?  Sea otters are known to hold hands while they’re sleeping to keep from drifting away from each other.  In addition, a mother and her pup will also wrap themselves up in strands of sea plants that grow from the ocean floor – such as kelp – which they’ll use as anchors so they can sleep without worry of floating out to open ocean.

Another fun fact?  Sea otters have the densest fur in the whole animal kingdom — ranging from 250,000 to an amazing one million hairs per square inch.  I could comment on some follicle-challenged gentlemen I know being a bit jealous, but actually I’m wondering who in the world does all the counting?




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