Today is World Otter Day.
Otters are carnivorous mammals of which there are 13 species and which are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.
Otters range in size from the Asian small clawed Otter at 0.6m (2ft) to the Giant Otter at 1.8m (5ft 9 in).
Most live in fresh water whilst the Sea Otter lives on the northern Pacific Ocean coasts while the Marine Otter lives in the coastal waters of Western South America.
Sea Otters fossil records go back 5-7 million years while the fresh water Otters go back to between 5-23 million years.
Happy Otter Day
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By Brendon Crook