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Hi Dear TE friend,

They live in the Oceanarium and they seems sleeping, but i have some doubts.

The sea otter is a mammal with very peculiar characteristics and one that is well adapted to life at sea. Its fur, which keeps it dry and protected from the cold, is made of two extremely dense layers, which catch air bubbles between their oily fibres. These extraordinary animals are the only marine mammals that use tools! They open the carapaces and shells of their prey by dextrously beating them with a rock. They are able to maintain a constant body temperature and replace all the energy they expend because they eat the equivalent of 30 % of their own weight daily.

Also, sea otters are important for the ecosystem because by feeding on sea urchins, they protect other populations associated with kelp beds.

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A lontra-marinha é um mamífero com características muito peculiares e que está adaptado à vida no mar. O pêlo, que a mantém seca e protegida do frio, é constituído por duas camadas, muito densas, que prendem bolhas de ar entre as fibras oleosas. Estes animais extraordinários são os únicos mamíferos marinhos que utilizam ferramentas! Abrem as carapaças e conchas das suas presas batendo-lhes habilidosamente com uma pedra! Conseguem manter a temperatura corporal constante e repor toda a energia que gastam porque comem, diariamente, o equivalente a 30% do seu peso. Também, são importantes para o ecossistema porque ao se alimentarem de ouriços, protegem as outras populações associadas aos mantos de kelp.

I hope you enjoy it
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