Animals: Sea Otters
These sites are about sea otters, a marine mammal that has extremely thick fur. Learn about sea otters’ physical characteristics, behavior, life cycle, distribution, and conservation efforts. Find out how they survive in frigid waters and the biggest threat they face. Includes video and audio clips, lesson plans, a live Webcam, and photographs.
Fact Monster: Otters
Read a short encyclopedia entry about otters. NOTE: This site includes banner ads, other ads, and sponsored links.
ARKive: Sea Otter (Enhydra Lutris)
Read the sea otter fact file to find out interesting facts about the smallest marine mammal. This site also includes 44 photographs and 16 videos of sea otters, as well as a 3D map of the sea otters range. NOTE: This site links to social networking sites.
Lesson Plan: Scholastic.com: Sea Otters
This lesson plan includes three activities which can help students learn about the lives of sea otters: NOTE: This site includes banner ads, other ads, and sponsored links. NOTE: This site links to social networking sites.
Lesson Plan: National Park Service: Sea Otters in Glacier Bay
Click on the links under "Additional Resources" for a complete lesson plan that includes background information, an outline, instructional resources, and three activities.
Enchanted Learning: Sea Otters Printout
This page has information about the anatomy and characteristics of sea otters. Includes a labeled illustration. NOTE: This site includes banner ads and sponsored links.
PBS: Harriman Expedition Retraced
Learn about how the once-plentiful sea otter was nearly driven to extinction and how it has mounted a comeback through conservation efforts.
Click on "Sea Otter" to learn about the physical characteristics, habitat, food, and life cycle of this animal. Then click on "Galleries" to view pictures. Includes profiles of 12 species.
Animal Bytes: Sea Otters
Read some fun facts about this animal.
Alaska Sea Otters
Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of the Alaska sea otters' dense fur. NOTE: This site links to social networking sites.
Kids' Planet: Defenders of Wildlife
This is a fact sheet about sea otters. Includes an audio report on the dangers facing this animal. Use the link at the bottom to read more. NOTE: This site links to social networking sites.
Friends of the Sea Otter
Learn about the main threat to sea otters. There is also information about their behavior and answers to common questions. Includes video and audio clips of this animal. NOTE: This site links to social networking sites.
Sea Otter Photography
This page has some close-up photographs of sea otters. Click to view the images in large format.
Animal Diversity Web: Enhydra Lutris
This page for older students explains the role sea otters play in the ecosystem. Includes information about their behavior and predators.
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