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Science Sunday: Sea Otter Palm Reading: Measureing Sense of Touch

otterSea otters are in a race against time. To survive, they hunt for clams, crabs, urchins, snails, mussels, and abalone down to 100 feet deep. Otters must work quickly since they can hold their breath for only 1-3 minutes per dive, and their prey are often found in rocky crevices or under heavy sand. How do sea otters find enough food to survive each day? Which senses are used to locate food? How are decisions made about what to eat and what to ignore? Scientists have discovered that sea otters are fast decision makers - with the help of their ultra-sensitive paws and whiskers.

Join Sarah McKay Strobel to explore why the sense of touch may be useful to a hungry sea otter, as well as how researchers work cooperatively with animals to learn how they perceive the world.

Sunday, 02/17/19

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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

100 McAllister Way
Los Feliz Room
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Phone: (831) 459-3800
Website: Click to Visit