This undated image provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation shows Toola, a sea otter who died at the aquarium, Saturday March in Monterey, Calif. Believed to be 15 or Toola succumbed to natural causes and to the infirmities of age.
Extreme ~ Great white sharks are like the grizzly bears of the sea. What may start as a peaceful and beautiful encounter can go completely south in a split second. Wild animals must ALWAYS be treated with respect and caution.
The Sea Otter is the largest member of family Mustelidae, and the smallest marine mammal. Sea Otters are more aquatic even than seals and sea lions, because they mate and give birth in the water. They are tool users, using rocks to pound open hard-shelled prey, such as abalone. Once hunted almost to extinction for their fur, but now protected, they have made a comeback. This has stirred controversy where their predation on abalone, crabs, clams, and sea urchins affects shellfisheries…
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