The Wonderful Thing About Otters

Every year at BioBlitz, National Geographic and the U.S. National Park Service rally to get people young and old to explore the wild spaces around them during a whirlwind 24-hour search to identify every species they can find. In advance of our next event in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, March 28-29, 2014, we’re already exploring stories of the life and lands of northern California. Learn More and Sign Up for BioBlitz 2014!!!

In this installment, National Geographic’s Caryl Sue gives a quick wink to otters, the goofiest weasels of all. At Golden Gate National Recreation Area this year, bioblitzers might get a chance to see both the North American river otter and the California sea otter.

The tune for this short-and-silly song borrows from one sung by a close relative of of the otter, indigenous to the Hundred Acre Wood. Apologies to the peerless Sherman brothers.

The wonderful thing about otters
is otters are wonderful things!
There’s fur on the end of their paw-us
to cling to rocks and rings!
They’re slippery, slide-y, wet and dry-y
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about otters is
There’s always more than one!

The wonderful thing about otters
is rivers are sometimes their home!
They eat the finest of seafood
and that’s why they don’t dine alone!
Fish and eels, frogs and snails
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about otters is
There’s always more than one!

The wonderful thing about otters
is some of them live in the sea!
They tie themselves up in the kelp beds
Eat urchins and abalone!
They’re big, not measly, wild and weasel-y,
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about otters is
There’s always more than one!

Otters are aquatic mammals
Otters are really not sweet
They’re the mascot of CSUMB
That’s why I repeat . . . and repeat

The wonderful thing about otters,
they’re making a great big comeback!
Rivers and oceans are cleaner
and hunting is way out-of-whack!
They’re jumping, swimming, sliding, grinning
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about otters is
There’s always more than one!

A group of sea otters is called a raft. This raft is a family of four—Mom and two pups on the left, and an adolescent or adult sea otter on the right. Notice the way the adults have anchored themselves to this spot in the ocean by wrapping long strands of kelp (seaweed) around their bodies. Also, the cuteness. Photo by Mike Baird. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Click to enlarge! A group of sea otters is called a raft. This raft is a family of four—Mom and two pups on the left, and an adolescent or adult sea otter on the right. Notice the way the adults have anchored themselves to this spot in the ocean by wrapping long strands of kelp (seaweed) around their bodies. Also, the cuteness.
Photo by Mike Baird. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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3 responses to “The Wonderful Thing About Otters

  1. Pingback: It’s Finally Here—BioBlitz 2014! | Nat Geo Education Blog·

  2. Loving this post! I am lovers of otters and Enjoying to read about otters.Otters are fun creatures to watch and they are highly intelligent. It was fun to know more about these beautiful and fun loving creatures.

  3. It is a most wonderful thing about otters that there is more than just one! Thank you for the fun way to celebrate otters. I love to visit the two North American River Otters at the National Zoo — brothers Konrad and Niko. They are fun to watch! But the Zoo Keepers say they don’t play with the otters. The otters have sharp teeth and claws and get very aggressive over food. Now I will be singing your song when I visit them!

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