An aquatic mammal native the the Pacific coast of North America (Enhydra lutris). Sea otters have thick, dark, soft Fur. They were hunted to near extinction prior to being protected by the 1911 Fur Seal Treaty.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Enhydra lutris; seawater otter; marine otter (Lontra felina)
Physical and Chemical Properties
Guard hairs are deep blue to dark brown and very silky. Underfur is very dense and soft. Fur is extremely durable.
Resources and Citations
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "otter." Accessed 14 Sept. 2005.
- Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otter (Accessed Sept. 14, 2005)
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998