LIVE WEBCAM WITH SEA OTTERS AT SEATTLE AQUARIUM
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- Location: Seattle Aquarium, Alaskan Way, Seattle, Washington, United States
- Source: Seattle Aquarium
- Info: Live streaming webcam showing sea otters at Seattle Aquarium, Washington, United States. Watch these delightful sea otters perform their water acrobatics ! As in the wild, the sea otters roll and whirl in the water to remove food scraps and debris. They rub, comb and rake their fur with their forepaws; then roll in the water to smooth the fur and wet the tips.
More info: The webcam shows the 4 resident otters at Seattle Aquarium : Adaa, a 20-year-old male found on an airport runway; Lootas, a 22-year-old female found orphaned in Alaska and rehabilitated back to health at the aquarium; Aniak, a 17-year-old female born to Lootas; and Mishka, a 5-year-old female who was rescued after being caught in a fishing net in July 2014.
The sea otter is a marine mammal native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean. Adult sea otters typically weigh between 14 and 45 kg (31 and 99 lb), making them the heaviest members of the weasel family, but among the smallest marine mammals.
The sea otters at the Seattle Aquarium eat a diet consisting of a variety of restaurant-quality shellfish, squid, fish, crabs and shrimp. Sea otters need to eat around 25% of their body weight every day, roughly 15–20 pounds. In the wild, sea otters will eat marine invertebrates such as mussels, clams, abalone and other snails, octopuses, crabs, sea urchins, and sea stars.
Wild sea otters typically have a lifespan of between 15 to 20 years. Humans are the biggest threat to sea otter populations. Direct conflict with humans, through shootings, fishing gear entanglements and boat strikes, take a toll on sea otters, whilst oil spills, pollution and loss of kelp pose major threats.