Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris. Sea Otters inhabit the northern and eastern coasts of the Pacific Ocean in kelp forests. In these frigid waters, most marine mammals depend on blubber to keep warm, but Sea Otters depend on their incredibly dense fur. It has 150,000 strands per square centimeter (nearly 1 million per square inch), making it the densest fur of any mammal. Their paws have significantly less coverage than that of their bodies, and resting sea otters will hold all four paws out of the water to keep them from getting chilled.
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA
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