Sea Otter-Size and Value-Will you please tell me the size and value of a sea otter? Where are they found?
The sea otter is found only in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean. They used to stray as far south as California and were abundant along the coast of Washington and British Columbia. They may still come that far south occasionally, but they have been hunted so persistently that they are a rare animal now and are only found in numbers worth mentioning at all along the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands. They are an odd animal, resembling in some ways both the seals and the otters. They seldom go on land. In length the animal measures about four feet over all, including the tail, which is only about 10 to 12 inches long. The skin is very loose and when stretched up will measure 6 or 7 feet in length. The muzzle is thick and blunt, and covered with bristles like that of a fur seal; the front feet are small, the hind feet large and fully webbed. The color is black with whitish tipped hairs, head and neck grayish white or yellowish white. The color changes as it reflects the light. The fur is very valuable and a single skin is usually worth from $200 to $1,000.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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