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Sea Otters at the Seattle Aquarium

by Andrea Greengard

Enjoy watching the sea otters play, eat, groom and lounge at the Seattle Aquarium.

Did you know:

There’s a lot more to a sea otter than meets the eye. There are many types of otters in the world. Some live on land, some in freshwater, others in the sea. Some live in the Americas, others in Asia. However, only one species of otter is fully aquatic — Enhydra lutris. This is the species known as the sea otter that you see on the cam on this page.

Behind its cute face and fluffy fur, the sea otter is an aquatic environmentalist. By munching on urchins, it helps kelp forests flourish, and by crunching on crabs, it promotes eelgrass in estuaries. But this marine mammal is endangered — and needs our help.

The Sea Otter was hunted to near extinction in the 19th century. Today the species is protected under the Endangered Species Act & Marine Mammal Protection Act. The Southern Sea Otter & Southwest Stock of Northern Sea Otters in Alaska are both listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. You can learn more on

Video Stream by Seattle Aquarium

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