“You talkin’ to me? I’m kinda busy here.” Sea otters spend a lot of time eating—with a purpose. They’re  a keystone species, helping keep  ecosystems in balance by eating urchins and other invertebrates that graze on kelp. Without otters, these grazing animals can destroy kelp forests and the animals that live there.

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Sea Otters Juno and Eddie Wrestle in the Water

Via the Oregon Zoo, which writes:

Oregon Zoo visitors might notice more splashing than usual at the Steller Cove sea otter habitat this month. The zoo’s two geriatric otters — Thelma and Eddie, both 16 — are now hanging out with 8-month-old Juno, and keepers say the pup’s youthful exuberance is keeping the older otters on their toes.

Juno, who has spent time with Thelma for the past several months, met Eddie for the first time last week, and keepers say the two are getting along well.

“There’s been a lot of wrestling, which is what you expect when sea otters first meet,” said keeper Jenny DeGroot, the zoo’s sea otter lead. “It can look a bit rough to visitors sometimes, but it’s normal otter behavior. By the end of their first day together, Juno was actually initiating the wrestling with Eddie, and she’s definitely holding her own. She is one confident little otter.”

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