What Are the Differences Between Sea Otters and River Otters?

Otters have long captivated the hearts of nature enthusiasts and casual observers alike. Their playful antics — combined with their sleek, agile bodies — make them a fascinating subject for study and observation. However, the difference between sea otters and river otters is often overlooked, leading to misconceptions and generalizations. This guide aims to illuminate these differences in detail, from their unique habitats and physical features to their distinct roles in maintaining ecological balance. Habitat and Geographical Range: Where Do Otters Live? Sea Otters:…

Meet the Sea Otters: Species, Habitat, and Behaviors

The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is more than just a cute face. This marine mammal plays a pivotal role in maintaining the health and diversity of marine ecosystems. From their unique behaviors to their threatened habitats, there's a lot to learn and appreciate about these incredible creatures, and there’s no better time to do so than Sea Otter Awareness Week, which takes place during the last full week of September (September 24th-30th in 2023). Introduction to the Enhydra Lutris Species Size and Physical Characteristics…

Our 2023 funding awardees are working hard for sea otters

Every year we issue funding awards to programs and projects benefitting sea otters to ensure their recovery.  So far, our 2023 recipients have had a productive year and their work continues into the fall. Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium We are excited to announce that the new state-of-the-art aquarium facility at Kansas City Zoo featuring sea otters opened on September 1.  Sea Otter Foundation & Trust’s grant made significant contributions to relocating the sea otters to Kansas as well as provided funding to purchase…