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Species Profile: Marine Otter(aka Sea Cat)    
Lutra felina    

        The Marine Otter is also known as the Sea Cat. It is elusive and hard to find, so there is little information on it. Catagorized as a threatened species, it hides away in its burrow.






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Size
       The Marine Otter is small or medium in size. From its head to its body, it is 570 to 787mm long. Its tail is 300 to 362mm long. In total the Marine Otter is 870 to 1149mm long.

Feet
        There are strong claws on the well webbed and moderately sized feet of this otter.

Hair
        The hair, unlike most Otters, is coarse and rough in appearance. Their guardhairs are thick, 20mm long. Their underfur is 12mm long. What caused them to be so different from most otters? Some believe it's fur is so rough because it lives frequently in the surf, where the waves crush on the rocks in the very exposed coast of southwest South America.



Color
        Dark brown with a lighter underside that looks drab and has fawn color.

Nose

        The nose is covered in fur and all you can see is the two slit-like nostrils.

Habitat
        The Marine Otter lives on a rocky shoreline.



Distribution and Population
        The Marine Otter lives in the Coastal areas of Chile and Peru.

Food
        The Marine Otter likes to eat fish, crustaceans, and mollusks.

Other Names
Spanish: Gato del mar, Nutria de mar, Chungungo, Chinchimen
French: Loutre de Mer 
German: MeerOtter 
Italian: Lontra Felina 
Other scientific names: Lontra Felina


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