Check out this video of a curious sea otter, the largest member of the weasel family, inspecting a swimmer up close and personal.
The sea otter in this video from YouTube user allisonmoo is swimming in Cadboro Bay in Victoria, British Columbia when it decides to approach a man standing in the water. The seemingly friendly sea otter swims right up to the man like it recognizes him.
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It spends a couple of minutes swimming around the man’s legs while several onlookers watch. The sea otter even allows the man to pet his dense fur coat several times.
The sea otter has one of the most dense fur coats in the animal kingdom which it uses to insulate itself from the cold ocean water. Although capable of walking on land, the sea otter spends the vast majority of its life at sea. They eat fish, mollusks, and sea urchins and are one of only a few animals that use tools when they utilize rocks to smash open shells. Sea otters are an endangered species and only currently inhabit two thirds of their native range.
It is possible that this sea otter approached the man because it has been fed by humans before and was looking for an easy meal. Wild animals are unpredictable and should never be approached or fed. However, the man in this video was lucky and now has a memory that he will likely never forget.
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