A European Otter is a marine mammal that is found throughout the coastal areas of Europe and parts of Asia. They are the largest otter species in the world, and can weigh up to 33 pounds. European Otters have a long, streamlined body with short legs and a broad head. They have dark brown fur on their back and sides, and light cream fur on their underparts.
European Otters are very social animals, living in groups of up to 10 individuals. They use complex vocalizations to communicate with each other, and often play together in the water. European Otters are excellent swimmers and divers, and feed primarily on fish, crabs, and crayfish. They can also consume small mammals and birds.
Near Threatened (NT)
It has many sensitive whiskers around its snout; these help to locate prey.
They can stay underwater for four minutes.
They are excellent swimmers who can move at speeds of 7.5 mph (12 kph).
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