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Sea Otters



Sea Otters
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.78

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    disadvantage, flipper-like, hard-shelled, navigate, pooping, soiled, banned, rafts, ruthless, highly, establishment, hypothermia, survival, extinction, warmth, raking
     content words:    Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay, International Fur Seal Treaty


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Sea Otters   

1     Sea otters are the smallest of all marine mammals. They have a body length ranging from 3.3 to 4 feet and weight from 30 to 95 pounds. They are also the only marine mammals that do not have blubber, a layer of fat, under their skin to keep them warm in frigid waters. (Seals and whales are two examples of marine mammals that have blubber.) To make up for this disadvantage, sea otters have fur that other animals can only dream of. In fact, their fur is the world's densest. Sea otters have up to 1 million hairs per square inch!
 
2     Sea otters like to carry out most of their daily activities - such as swimming, resting, pooping, eating, or even sleeping - floating on their backs. When they want to move about, they simply use their webbed, flipper-like hind legs to propel themselves through the water. Their long, flat tails help them navigate.
 
3     Because sea otters don't have blubber, they must stay active and eat often to fight off the cold. Indeed, they have such good appetites that they consume up to 25% of their body weight in food every day! Sea otters love feeding on clams, sea urchins, crabs, abalones, snails, octopuses, and fish.

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