WHERE DO I LIVE ?
WHO AM I ?
It’s easy to forget with this amount of cuteness that I am the smallest marine mammal in existence. I only weigh 20 to 30 kilograms however I am perfectly adapted to marine conditions. For a start, I am lucky enough to have a tail and hind legs acting as rudder and fins. Unlike polar bears, it isn’t my blubber that insulates me from the cold, but my fur which is particularly dense. As an example, I have as many hairs on one square centimetre of skin as you have on the whole of your head! Additionally, I secrete an oil and spread it onto my fur when cleaning myself, and it provides perfect waterproof protection. I feed on molluscs, which I eat while swimming on my back. My belly becomes my picnic table! I can be found all along the pacific coast. But as well as problems linked to fishing (I get tangled in nets, collide with boats, etc), I especially suffer from pollution. During oil spills, I unfortunately cannot survive the damage done to my precious fur.