Ocean toxin a heartbreaking threat for sea otters

A sea otter dines on a clam. Credit: Joe Tomoleoni Heart disease is a killer threat for southern sea otters feasting on domoic acid in their food web, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis. The study, published in the journal Harmful Algae, examined the relationship between long-term exposure to domoic […]

These otters learn how to snag snacks by watching their friends

The best way for an otter to learn? To have their buddies show them how it’s done. (Yazmin Pullen/) When learning a new trick, whether it’s how to properly use chopsticks, riding a bike, or editing something on Photoshop, it can be a lot easier to look on and see how somebody else does it. […]

Puzzled otters learn from each other

Asian short-clawed otters learn from each other when solving puzzles to get food, a new study shows. Credit: Yazmin Pullen Asian short-clawed otters learn from each other when solving puzzles to get food, a new study shows. University of Exeter researchers gave groups of otters a variety of transparent containers baited with meatballs. Each of […]