Wonders Of The World: 8 Unbelievable Facts About Otters

Posted by Michael Avery in Nature and Travel On 26th March 2018
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#5 The different Otter species from around the world.

Otters are found all over the world. In fact, otters are only not found in Australia and Antarctica. There are 13 distinct species of otters. Besides the North American river otter, the other 12 species are all considered endangered or threatened with their populations decreasing rapidly.

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#6 The life cycle of an otter.

The gestation period for an otter is about 73 days on average. Newborn pups are able to swim after about 2 months. Pups live with their parents for about a year before branching out on their own. Females are sexually mature at around 2 years old while males start around 3 years old. Otters can live for more than 10 years.

#7 Other names for them.

Groups of otters are called families, bevy's and lodges. They are also called romps based on their high energy lifestyles. In the water, they are referred to as rafts. Female otters are called sows while males are called boars.

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#8 They can act as biological environmental early warning signals.

Otters need clean water and an abundance of food to live and thrive. For that reason, they are very sensitive to disruptions in their ecosystem. A decrease in the otter population of an area can serve as a warning that something is very wrong with the local environment such as pollution.

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