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Sea Otter : Distribution

Enhydra Lutris

Specific to the Pacific

Sea otters are found around the northern Pacific rim, as three distinct sub-species. The southern sea otter lives along the coast of California and has also been encountered in Mexico; the northern sea otter is found along the western coast of Canada and Alaska, as well as along the Aleutian Islands; the Asian sea otter is found in the Commander Islands, on the coast of Kamchatka and the northern island of Japan - Hokkaido.

All at sea

Sea otters live entirely at sea, close to the coast. The northern sub-species do sometimes haul up on the shore. Although they seem to prefer rocky coastlines, they can be found along sandy coasts and estuaries too. Their favourite habitat is kelp beds, where they find plenty of their favourite food and protection from predators.