Biomechanics sea otter

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Animal chosen: Sea Otter

Habitat- small patches along the west coast and large patches in asian sea areas

Food source- shellfish and cephalopods foraged from the sea depths. Otters bring the food back along with stones to crack open the shells

Behaviour- when not eating, sea otters will spend most of their time grooming themselves, floating on the water or sleeping. They are diurnal, being awake and feeding during the day or the night

Reason for why they are endangered- originally the otters had a population of 150,000-300,000. this was reduced in the 1700’s to around 1,000 or 2,000 otters due to fur trade. oil makes their fur fall out, which makes the otter lose heat insolation.

Items to improve the otter:

Cloaking- An active camouflage that would blend the otter in with its surroundings to hide from predators. works by bending light to match the surrounding areas.

Goggles- Prevents oil from getting in their eyes and to shield against defending pray. They can also be used as thermal goggles

synthetic fur- Made from materials like ‘polydimethylsiloxane’, or PDMS, and liquid-resisting nanoscale to create a fur that cannot be contaminated by oil.

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