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Dimensions1026 x 838
Original file size127 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceUncalibrated
Date taken28-Aug-08 20:19
Date modified17-Jan-09 13:33
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Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 40D
Focal length400 mm
Exposure1/125 at f/5.6
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias-1/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 1250
Sea Otter Mother & Cub

Sea Otter Mother & Cub

Click here for more Images from Alaska. and here for just the Wildlife Images from Alaska.The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is a marine mammal native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean. Adult sea otters typically weigh between 14 and 45 kg (30 to 100 lb), making them the heaviest members of the weasel family, but among the smallest marine mammals. Unlike most marine mammals, the sea otter's primary form of insulation is an exceptionally thick coat of fur. With up to 150 thousand strands of hair per square centimeter (nearly one million per sq in), its fur is the most dense of any animal. Although it can walk on land, the sea otter is capable of living exclusively in the ocean.Sea otters, whose numbers were once estimated at 150,000–300,000, were hunted extensively for their fur between 1741 and 1911, and the world population fell to 1,000–2,000 individuals in a fraction of their historic range. A subsequent international ban on hunting, conservation efforts, and reintroduction programs into previously populated areas have contributed to numbers rebounding, and the species now occupies about two-thirds of its former range. The recovery of the sea otter is considered an important success in marine conservation, although populations in the Aleutian Islands and California have recently declined or have plateaued at depressed levels. For these reasons (as well as its particular vulnerability to oil spills) the sea otter remains classified as an endangered species.Click here for more Images from Alaska.