Locomotion of the Marine Otter

In Water

In water, they generally swim with the head and upper back above water, and the rest of the body submerged, coping with the heaviest seas. On the Falklands, Edwards (1999) noted periscoping (bobbing the body up vertically in the water to see further), and the use of the forelimbs in play.

Dives usually last 15 - 30 seconds, going down 40m (120') and along the bottom as much as 50m (160').

On Land

Like all otters, these animals are more agile in water than on land. They are, however, fast, nimble rock climbers, and can hide swiftly among rocks and vegetation.

Carrying Objects

Objects, such as prey or cubs, are carried either in the mouth or, in water, the otter may roll on its back and carry the item on its belly.

Marine Otter