Continuing in the series of silly children’s poems related to the fiction picture book series I am writing .
It is utterly, notterly, possibly true
that my otter you’ll find at your local zoo.
My otter is totally, otterly wild,
I’m afraid you may never see him, my child.
He keeps him home secret from dangerous men.
He doesn’t want you exploring his den.
He doesn’t want you tearing up his kelp bed,
Or poking your nose in his pod, ‘nuff said!
He’s fed up with fishing boats trawling with nets,
Oil spills play havoc with him and his pets,
The plastic he took for a jellyfish feast,
Meant tummy ache trouble for weeks and weeks.
If you truly decide to watch otters at sea,
They can sometimes be viewed drifting happily free
from the dangers of man, floating paw in paw,
far from pollution and far from the shore.
These playful, sociable, highly intelligent, furry sea mammals are an aquatic member of the weasel family and are found along the coasts of the Pacific Ocean in North America and Asia. The sea otter spends most of its time in the water but, in some locations, comes ashore to sleep or rest.
Sea otters often float at the water’s surface on their backs. They sleep this way, often gathered in groups (pods) anchored into some sea kelp.
In the 18th century, sea otters were hunted for their fur, almost to the point of extinction. 100 years ago only 1,000 to 2,000 animals remained. Today, 100,000 to 150,000 sea otters exist. They are a threatened, but no longer endangered, species, and are protected by law.
Last week’s Bactrian camel poem can be found here.
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