Otter-Land and Sea-What is the difference between the common land otter and the silver tipped sea otter? What is the value of each?
The common otter weighs from 15 to 25 pounds and measures from 3 ½ to 4 feet of which the length of about 16 or 18 inches is tail. This member is different from that of other furbearers, being very thick at the body, flattened somewhat and tapering to a point. It is covered with very short fur. The body is long, of uniform thickness and well rounded like that of the mink. The legs are short, the neck long and head rather small. The color is dark brown, sometimes almost black, and silvery on the under parts. It inhabits the fresh water streams and lakes only; value of skin at present, from $6 to $25 for No. 1. Depending on the locality where killed. The sea otter is a larger animal and is found only in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean, although it once ranged as far south as California. This was before it was so nearly exterminated by hunters. It is one of the most remarkable of the furbearing animals, and in many ways resembles a seal more than an otter. The length is from 4 to 5 feet, of which about 10 to 12 inches only is tail. The weight is 75 to 90 pounds. The head is small with the ears very low and resembles that of the fur seal. The feet resembles flippers, although the front feed, it is said, are used like hands for holding food; and the hind feet are much the larger. The color of the fur is black with whitish tipped hairs. The skin is very loose and stretches up very large. No. 1 skins range in value from $100 to $1,000.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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