Otters are carnivorous mustelids in the lutrinae subfamily there are 13 extant species of otter around the world one of which is native to the uk this species is the most widely distributed of all the otters ranging through eurasia up to the arctic circle from ireland to kamchatka and south . This is an introduction to the magical world of otters with many wonderful photos and distribution maps for each species the asian small clawed otters often found in zoos or the sea otter well known for lying on its back cracking open shells may be familiar to many but there are many more fascinating species. Facts about sea otter giant otter european otter african otter and river otter introduction to otters otters are adorable creatures that live both on land and in the water they are often mistaken for beavers though otters are the smallest of all marine mammals in the world an otter can remain under water for up to 4 minutes. Otters one of the worlds most adored group of mammals no other carnivore blends mischief and agility like otters do spread across the world as thirteen species otters inhabit waters both temperate and tropical inland and marine and are important predators that check the populations of fish and help maintain the good health of aquatic ecosystems. Ever since i first saw jack couffers 1969 film ring of bright water i have always liked the otter and have taken notice whenever local headlines informed us they were being reintroduced into former habitats
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