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Meet the charismatic otters
Meet our wild professional hunters at SEA LIFE Busan. You can see our playful otters eating, splashing, or floating on water.Buy Now
Wetlands, Meandering Rivers, Mangroves
Up to 100cm
Crustaceans, Insects, Small fish
Scientific Name: Aonyx cinerea
Common Name: Asian small-clawed otter
Asian small-clawed otters can be found in the rainforests of Southeast Asia and is known as the smallest species of otters. They live in groups and tend to spend more time on land than in rivers.
Did you know?
Small-clawed otters are very vocal and communicate through loud, high-pitched squeaks and cat-like 'meow' sounds.
The forelimbs of small-clawed otters are only partially webbed, and their claws are very short, giving them great dexterity for shelling mollusks, crabs (including freshwater crabs) and other crustaceans that make up the majority of their diet.
The small-clawed otters' nostrils and ears can be closed to keep out water, and their waterproof fur keeps them warm.
Otters have the densest fur of any animal, there are millions of hairs per square inch in places.
The otter zone is open now!
Learn more about our otter's daily life on our Instagram channel! To commemorate Hangeul Day, Busan Aquarium is holding an event to name four baby otters~~
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IUCN Status: Vulnerable
Otters were once extensively hunted for their fur, many of which are on the verge of extinction. Despite regulations designed to protect them, many species are at risk from pollution, pesticides, and conflicts with fishermen who kill them for eating their fish.
Carelessly dumped garbage in our waterways is a threat to otters as they risk becoming entangled. Assist otters by properly disposing of litter and picking up litter from beaches and seas.