Otter Getting Fluffy…
Ever had an itch and no one to scratch it? This grizzled otter looks like it is using a rock to get some satisfaction. The expression at the end…pure contentment.
However, that might just be a human interpretation; the otter might actually be drying its fur. That’s right. They frequently have favorite areas to vigorously roll around and get their fur dry. They do that to keep it insulating them properly.
Otters have the most tightly packed fur of any animal on earth. Air bubbles trapped in the fur help keep them warm. But, when they dive, many bubbles get pressed out of the fur. To keep their coats warm, the agile creatures groom themselves frequently. They go from sleek to fluffy.
Or…maybe that otter is just scratching an itch…
This video was provided by M. Sid Kelly, a local fish biologist and author. Check out his SciFi books here as well as his factual book, Tigerfish!
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