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Sea Otters



 
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Sea otters live nearshore, typically in the kelp forest, where they dive to the sea floor to forage. They typically feed on abalone, sea urchins, crabs, clams, and snails. Find more information about sea otters here: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium sea otter page

 
Sea Otter

 


 

FUN FACTS

 
Sea otter with pup

Did you know...
that sea otters do not have blubber like most marine mammals? Instead they have very dense fur (up to one million hairs per square inch) to help them stay warm.

¿Sabías...
que las nutrias marinas no tienen grasa como la mayoría de los mamíferos marinos? En cambio, tienen un pelaje muy denso (hasta un millón de pelos por pulgada cuadrada) para ayudarlos a mantenerse calientes.


 
 
Sea otter eating a geoduck clam

Did you know...
that to maintain its body temperature, the sea otter eats 25% to 35% of its body weight in a single day?

¿Sabías...
que para mantener su temperatura corporal, la nutria marina ingiere del 25% al 35% de su peso corporal en un solo día?


 

 
 
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VIDEOS

 

Enjoy this introduction to sea otters (y tambien en español)

 
 

Join CMA Educator, Carl to learn more about sea otters!

 
 

Do CMA's famous Do it do its and eat like a sea otter!

 
 

For Your Creative Side:

  • Here’s a fun sea otter and kelp craft!

 
 
 
 

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ACTIVITIES

Coloring (Click image to open a PDF to print and color)

Activities

Arts and Crafts

  • Be creative! Make a kelp collage! ! (Click image for PDF instructions)
    Kelp Collage

  • You otter check out this fun craft! (Click image for PDF instructions)
    Otter Diorama

  • Here's a cute puppet you can make! It's not like the otters! Ha!
    (Click image for PDF instructions)
    Otter Puppet

  • Don't just hang around - make this ottery mobile! (Click for PDF instructions)



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Southern California Species

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is home to more than 200 species of animals that live in and around the waters of Southern California. Do you have a question about these and other Southern California species? Ask a Biologist.


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Cetorhinus maximus

The basking shark is the second largest species of fish in the world.

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Prionace glauca

The blue shark has one of the largest ranges of all species of sharks.

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Lythrypnus dalli

These peaceful fish are often territorial with members of their own species.

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Sebastes paucispinis

The bocaccio can live up to 45 years.

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Leuresthes tenuis

Unlike other fish, grunion come completely out of the water to lay their eggs in the sand.

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Paralichthys californicus

The California halibut is a flatfish with both eyes on one side of its head!

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Scorpaena guttata

The California scorpionfish has venom in its spines.

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Semicossyphus pulcher

The California sheephead are all born as females.

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Raja inornata

The California Skate has a skeleton made completely out of cartilage.

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Alopias vulpinus

The common thresher shark uses its long tail in a whip-like fashion to deliver incapacitating blows to its prey.

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Hypsypops rubicundus

Garibaldi is the California State marine fish.

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Hypsypops rubicundus

Garibaldi is the California State marine fish.

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Heterostichus rostratus

The giant kelpfish can quickly change color during courtship or territorial displays.

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Stereolepis gigas

This fish is huge, growing over 7.5 feet long and weighing over 500 pounds.

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Carcharodon carcharias

The great white shark is capable of explosive bursts of speed and has been known to jump 3 meters (10 feet) out of the water.

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Heterodontus francisci

The female horn shark lays a distinctive spiral-shaped egg case.

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Paralabrax clathratus

Kelp bass reproduce by spawning (release egg and sperm into the water column) and form large aggregations in the summer months.

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Triakis semifasciata

Leopard sharks are bottom feeders and are named because of their stripes.

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Gymnothorax mordax

This eel's favorite prey is the octopus.

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Squatina californica

The Pacific angel shark superficially looks like a ray, but is a true shark.

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Eptatretus stoutii

Hagfish are considered to be the most primitive species of all living fish.

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Merluccius productus

The Pacific hake can live up to 15 years.

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Scomber japonicus

The Pacific mackerel is also known as the chub mackerel or blue mackerel.

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Sardinops sagax

The Pacific sardine form large schools of up to 10 million fish.

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Hippocampus ingens

The Pacific seahorse reverses traditional birthing roles.

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Salema  

Xenistius californiensis

These fish have an up-turned mouth to better eat plankton.

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Sargo  

Anisotremus davidsoni

The sargo is the largest of the Pacific grunts.

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Isurus oxyrinchus

The shortfin mako shark is able to elevate its body temperature almost 20°F above the surrounding water.

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Cephaloscyllium ventriosum

When stressed, the swell shark can “swell” by inflating its stomach by swallowing water.

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Eucyclogobius newberryi

The tidewater goby is an endangered species.

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Atractoscion nobilis

The white seabass is the largest species of croaker in California.

 

Creature Feature Archive


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      8/17/2020 Shark Week
      6/5/2020 Bony Fishes
      6/3/2020 Spring Outdoor Program
      5/23/2020 Birds
      5/15/2020 Whales
      5/8/2020 Salt Marsh
      5/1/2020 Rocky Shores
      4/23/2020 California Grunion
      4/15/2020 Celebrate Earth Day!
      4/7/2020 Sandy Beach Invertebrates
      3/11/2019 Channel Island Fox
      11/14/2016 Piddock Clam
      6/22/2016 Giant Pacific Seahorse
      3/2/2016 Spiny Sand Crab
      12/22/2015 Northern and Southern Tidewater Gobies
      9/16/2015 Tuna Crab
      6/17/2015 Snake Skin Brittle Star
      2/23/2015 Humboldt Squid
      12/15/2014 Allen’s Hummingbird
      5/17/2013 Killer Whale
      3/31/2013 Cowcod
      2/15/2013 Crystal Jelly
      11/1/2012 Risso's dolphin
      9/6/2012 Lacy Crust Bryozoan
      8/16/2012 California sheephead
      7/31/2012 Chitons
      7/17/2012 Splitnose rockfish
      2/28/2012 Green Sea Turtle
      12/26/2011 Gray Whales
      11/16/2011 California Brown Pelican
      8/23/2011 Oarfish
      2/21/2011 Pacific Mackerel
      6/28/2010 Football Fish
      3/3/2010 Grunion
      1/12/2010 E. coli, Oh My!
      7/22/2009 Cabrillo's Fossils
      3/9/2009 Garibaldi
      11/3/2008 Laysan Albatross
   
 
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