Information on Otters?

Answer Otters are semi-aquatic members of the weasel family, divided into 13 total subspecies. The most commonly known are the sea otter and North American river otter, both of which share their elongated... Read More »

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How big are otters?

The North American river otter (Lutra Canadensis) can reach 4 feet in length and weigh between 20 and 28 pounds. The sea otter (Enhydra lutris), which lives off the coast in the Pacific Ocean from ... Read More »

Are sea otters overhunted?

On One Hand: An Endangered SpeciesIn the 18th and 19th centuries, hunters severely depleted the sea otter population because they wanted their coats. This made it necessary for the U.S. government ... Read More »

Do otters eat trout?

North American river otters do eat trout and they also eat amphibians, turtles, crabs, crayfish, birds, bird eggs and small mammals on occasion. They use their whiskers to locate prey underneath th... Read More »

Do otters eat salmon?

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that river otters (Lutra canadensis) actually seek out spawning salmon and take advantage of the fish run. They also eat other fish such as ca... Read More »