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Energy Demands Are Sometimes Too Great For Nursing Sea Otters
2014-06-12 10:25:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Living in frigid waters without an insulating layer of blubber, sea otters expend large amounts of energy simply trying to stay alive. When a female sea otter gives birth, the additional strain of nursing and raising a pup can often be too much to cope with, especially after receiving a minor wound or infection. A new report published in the Journal of Experimental Biology examines this "end-lactation syndrome" to understand the energy...

2014-05-06 23:17:52

The new River Otter Falls exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium is a chance for people to learn a conservation comeback story. Chattanooga, TN (PRWEB) May 06, 2014 River Otter Falls Opens at the Tennessee Aquarium; Meet The Furry Faces of Conservation A romp of feisty otters is making a big splash in their new home at the Tennessee Aquarium. River Otter Falls features five waterfalls, multiple pools, a rocky, tiered landscape and sand pits for digging. Groups of two to five otters take turns...

2014-04-18 23:00:15

Construction is wrapping up on the new River Otter Falls exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium. To design this dramatic habitat required experts to think like otters. Chattanooga, Tennessee (PRWEB) April 19, 2014 Construction workers are adding the finishing touches to River Otter Falls which will officially open on May 2nd inside the Tennessee Aquarium’s Cove Forest. This dramatically transformed habitat is the most extensive redesign in the 22-year history of Chattanooga’s top...

2014-04-04 12:25:40

Professional Cyclists Joanna Petterson and Luis Lemus to Contribute Home Grown Cycling Movies MONTEREY, Calif., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sea Otter Classic is excited to announce a new partnership with Magisto, the free, automatic video editing service, to offer cycling enthusiasts a new way to express their love of the sport. At the Consumer Electronics Show in January in Las Vegas Google Glass, GoPro and wearable cameras were main themes of the show. You don't have to be a...

Sea Otters Helping In The Fight Against Poor Water Quality
2013-08-27 04:24:07

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists studying seagrass beds in one of the largest estuaries in central California are crediting its recovery on the return of sea otters to the coastal region, according to new research published in this week’s edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. According to Suzi Gage of BBC News, seagrass at Elkhorn Slough in Monterey County was “heading for extinction” due to an increase in pollution in...

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2012-09-08 08:38:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online How can sea otters change the world? A new study, led by the University of California, Santa Cruz, suggests that a thriving population of sea otters will keep the sea urchins in check, which will in turn allow kelp forests to prosper.  Spreading kelp forests can absorb as much as 12 times the amount of CO2 from the atmosphere than if it were subject to sea urchin ravaging. "It is significant because it shows that animals can...

2012-03-23 23:00:21

Ginger, Oakland Zoo's river otter, gave birth to a litter of three baby otters on February 18, 2012. They each weighed approximately 150 grams at birth. Currently, the pups are nursing, starting to open their eyes and are growing each day. In a few weeks, they will begin eating fish and meat. Keepers also say the babies are very vocal, especially the female. The baby otters will not go out on exhibit until May as they first need to learn how to swim (it´s not instinctual) and need to be...

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2011-03-08 09:18:33

Improved environmental conditions have enabled the otter (Lutra lutra) to spread in Andalusia over the past 20 years. However, the recovery of populations of this mammal has been "relatively" slow, and in some areas the impact of human activities still prevents the species from gaining a foothold. "The high level of 'humanization' of the landscape still acts as a strong impediment to the expansion of the otter, to such an extent that it is preventing the species from fully recovering its...

2009-07-03 11:37:25

A decrease in California's endangered sea otter population likely means their water has grown more contaminated, scientists said. In a survey taken this spring, 2,654 otters were counted from Point Conception in the Santa Barbara area north to Half Moon Bay, about a 250-mile range, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a release Thursday. The count was the lowest single-year total since 2003, when an estimated 2,200 otters were counted. The sea otters are counted in the spring and fall, with...

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2009-05-07 08:52:41

Many of Washington State's sea otters are exposed to the same pathogens responsible for causing disease in marine mammal populations in other parts of the country, according to a study published by researchers from NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and their partners. While the Washington sea otters do not appear to be suffering negative effects from the pathogens, they still face potential threats from infectious disease due to their...


Latest Otters Reference Libraries

Hairy-nosed Otter, Lutra sumatrana
2012-12-31 13:07:52

The hairy-nosed otter (Lutra sumatrana) is a rare species that was thought to be extinct until 1998. It is native to Southeast Asia with a range that includes Cambodia, Myanmar, South Thailand, South Vietnam, and Sumatra and Borneo in Peninsular Malaysia. It prefers a habitat within coastal areas or near large inland bodies of water. The hairy-nosed otter can reach an average body length between twenty and twenty-three inches, with a tail length of up to twenty inches and a weight between...

Southern River Otter, Lontra provocax
2012-12-28 15:19:11

The southern river otter (Lontra provocax) is a mammal that can be found in Argentina and Chile. Despite its name, it can be found in both freshwater and marine habitats. It prefers a habitat in freshwater rivers or lakes with dense vegetation. Important factors for this species preferred habitats include the presence of mature tree root systems, coastline, and fallen trees. This otter is occasionally thought to be a subspecies of Lontra Canadensis. The southern river otter can reach an...

Marine Otter, Lontra feline
2012-12-28 15:09:41

The marine otter (Lontra feline) is a member of the weasel family, and can be found in South America. It prefers a habitat in rocky coastal areas, with a range that includes the entire coastline of Chile and extends to southern Peru and Argentina. It has been found on the Falkland Islands, but individuals here do not represent a constant population. Unlike other species of otter, the marine otter chooses to live near waters with high winds and swells. It may use caves and crevices as dens,...

Profilicollis
2014-01-05 00:00:00

Profilicollis is a genus of acanthocephalan parasites that are found in crustaceans and shorebirds. Profilicollis parasites use decapod crustaceans as intermediate hosts and species of shorebirds as definitive hosts. The parasite first develops in mole crabs of North and South America. After it infects a mole crab, it becomes dormant until the crab is eaten by a suitable bird, such as a Surf scoter or Herring Gull. Once the parasite has passed through the stomach of the bird, it develops...

Spotted-necked Otter, Hydrictis maculicollis
2012-05-18 14:35:16

The spotted-necked otter (Hydrictis maculicollis) is native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is sometimes called the speckle-throated otter. It can be found throughout Zambia and in Lake Victoria. Despite the abundance of suitable habitats, these otters are not found in east Africa or below Victorian Falls in Zambezi. They prefer to live around lakes or large rivers. Although the range of this otter is quite large, bushmeat hunting, habitat destruction, and pollution are causing populations to...

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