Sea Otter eating a green crab


This sea otter is eating a green-colored crab.  Sea otters learn from their mothers how to eat crabs without getting pinched by first pulling off and eating the legs.  Sea otters must eat up to 25% of their body weight each day, which is a lot of seafood since the average sea otter weighs 40-60 pounds.  This sea otter brought up two crabs at once for her crab feast.  Crabs are one of the favorite foods of sea otters and it turns out that sea otters keep the crab population in check, which is good for the environment too.  Studies have found that the crab population is so abundant in the Elkhorn Slough that the mud banks were collapsing due to all the crab holes. As a keystone species, sea otters are helping to keep other species populations in check.

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