News tagged with otters

What droppings can tell us

If you want to find out about the shy Eurasian otter, its droppings are a fascinating source of information. By isolating DNA from otter droppings – known as spraint – researchers can not only identify individual animals ...

dateJun 22, 2015 in Ecology
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California's sea otter numbers holding steady

When a sea otter wants to rest, it wraps a piece of kelp around its body to hold itself steady among the rolling waves. Likewise, California's sea otter numbers are holding steady despite many forces pushing against their ...

dateSep 23, 2014 in Ecology
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Sea otters can get the flu, too

Northern sea otters living off the coast of Washington state were infected with the same H1N1 flu virus that caused the world-wide pandemic in 2009, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey and Centers for Disease Control ...

dateApr 08, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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