Marine Otter Lontra felina
(aka Sea Cat, Chungungo, Gato Marino, Lutra felina)
Marine Otter, Pinguino de Humboldt, R.N. Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image Pinguino de Humboldt, R.N. Chile
January 2007

The Marine Otter is distributed along the Pacific coast of South America from southern Peru to Tierra del Fuego. It is found on rocky shores where there is abundant kelp and seaweed. They feed mainly on shellfish.

Marine Otter, Pinguino de Humboldt, R.N. Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image It is classified as Endangered and total numbers, though not known exactly, are low. This has been caused by hunting with a view to using the very dense fur in the animals pelt. Although it is protected by all governments now there seems to be a degree of poaching which continues to threaten the existence of this animal.
Marine Otter, Pinguino de Humboldt, R.N. Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image Two interesting pages on this species are at the United Nations Environment Programme and Wikipedia..
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