The Sea Otter population
has been falling for a few hundred years. Hunting exterminated
them from many parts of the world. Recent efforts have begun
to help the Sea Otter population grow. They
live in shallow coastal waters, normally around rocky areas.
Over the years the Sea Otter has been hunted extensively
largely for their thick fur. Their thick fur helps them survive
very cold conditions throughout the Pacific ocean. The paws
of Sea Otters are very strong which helps them swim through
rough water conditions. Under each paw is a pouch which they
carry and store food in. They are excellent swimmers and have
been known to carry a rock with them to aid in breaking open
the hard shells of their prey.