I adore otters.
Otters just seem so cute with their furry bodies and impish grins. Their slender frames move effortlesstly in whatever environment they are in. Every time I see an otter, I smile and hope they see me back. They are the suave Romeos of the animal world, and I fall for them every time.
I'll admit it, I am a sucker for the fur. Otters are protected by a thick, luxurious coat of fur; I love it for its thick yet downy texture. The pelage (formal French word for "fur") has a high degree of luster, and varies from brown to black. A dark, thick pelt on an otter drives me crazy. It just looks so huggable and comforting. The fur of senescent otters may become white tipped or grayed. For me, this can be a huge turn-on; I love the look of a older, distinguished otter.
There's no doubt that otters are incredibly cute and almost innocent-looking in the face. They always seem to have an naughty grin hiding underneath those furry faces. I think North American otters are much cuter than European otters. Stateside, our otters have longer necks and a narrower visage; making them seem more lanky and boyish.
Despite their alarmingly cute looks, otters are often the apex predator in their environment. You never know when an otter is going to get you into his grips! Otters most often catch their prey with an ambush or quick lunge. On some rarer occasions, otters catch their prey after a sustained chase. Otters prefer to hunt at nighttime, and will often go out on the prowl in packs. When otters cooperate in their hunting activity, everyone leaves full and happy.
Only when otters leave their habitats do they face predators. Bears, wolves, and foxes are the most common animals to prey on cute, innocent otters. These creatures overpower small, unassuming otters and rip them to shreds. An cute little otter is no match for the powerful grip of a burly bear.
This isn't to say otters are innocent creatures, because lurking underneath those charming faces is often a cold-blooded killer. Sea otters in Monterey Bay, California were recently found to kill several seal pups. The otters forcibly copulated with the pups until they died from wounds or drowning. The otters ambushed the seal pups, grasped them with teeth and paws, bit them on the nose, and flipped them over into the water. The otters would then hold the pups' heads underwater as they thrust their penises inside of them until they died. Some otters were observed copulating with the dead pups long after the victims died. For up to seven days, the otters would carry the carcass of the seal pups around as a sex doll!
Fortunately, these otters are the exception to the rule. More often than not, otters are playful, cunning creatures worthy of our admiration. Otters are, in fact, renowned for their sense of play. Social groups of otters will wrestle or chase each other for fun! Play teaches otters survival skills as well as how to fight. Adult males establish social groups that endure for years and may comprise more than a dozen individuals. These social groups hunt and travel together, live in the same dens, use the same latrines, and groom each other. Otters are not territorial by nature, but individuals of different groups avoid each other.
Fun fact: A group of otters is called a romp!
I would absolutely love to have a playful romp with a group of slender, furry, adorable otters.