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How strong is a sea otters bite?
We found that their short, blunt skulls and flat, fracture-resistant teeth allow them to generate high bite forces for their body size (nearly 80lbs of force!). These high bite forces allow them to eat otherwise hard-to-crack marine invertebrates.
Can a sea otter hurt you?
Sea otters: are powerful animals that can inflict serious injuries if they become alarmed or are incorrectly handled.
Are otters muscular?
Sea otters’ muscles use enough energy through leak respiration that it accounts for their high metabolic rate, which keeps them warm in cool water. “You mostly think of muscle as doing work to move the body,” Wright said. “When muscles are active, the energy they use for movement also generates heat.”
Which is bigger an Alaska sea otter or a California sea otter?
Alaska sea otters are slightly larger than California sea otters. Male Alaska sea otters measure up to 148 cm (58 in.) and average about 27 to 39 kg (60-85 lbs.). Large males have been known to reach a weight of 45 kg (100 lbs.). Female Alaska sea otters measure up to 140 cm (55 in.) and average 16 to 27 kg (35-60 lbs.).
What kind of body does a sea otter have?
Their legs are flat, long and wide, and have retracted claws similar to that of a cat, which allows them to take their prey firmly. The females have two breasts in the abdomen and their tails are very short slightly flattened and muscular. Adult sea otters have 32 teeth. The molars are flattened and rounded and are used to crush and not to cut.
What’s the average size of a giant otter?
Male giant otters average 26 to 34 kg (57-75 lbs.), while females average 22 to 26 kg (49-57 lbs.). The Asian small-clawed otter is the smallest of all otters, measuring 65 to 94 cm (26-37 in.) and weighing just 1 to 5 kg (2.2-11 lbs.). The other two clawless otters are similar in size to river otters.
How old was the longest living sea otter?
The longest-lived specimen, of which there are records, was a female in the Seattle Aquarium, which died having 28 years of life. It is common for them to suffer deterioration in their teeth when they are in their habitats, which is thought to shorten their lives.