11 Reasons Why Sea Otters Are The Cutest Animal Alive

11 Reasons Why Sea Otters Are The Cutest Animal Alive

How can you ever turn away from these adorable creatures?!
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These are reasons why sea otters are the cutest animal. Let's be honest, how could you resist them? They are so cute and fluffy, plus they act a lot like humans. That is why everyone wants one for themselves, which is why California State University, Monterey Bay is home of the Otters!

1. Sea otters are considered the "old man of the sea" because of their fabulous whiskers!

2. They have a pouch in their arm to store items like food and perhaps their favorite rock. With these rocks, they can open mussels and clams.

3. They can hold hands!

When otters fall asleep they tend to hold hands so they do not drift away from each other! You can not help but giggle when you see how cute otters can be when they hold hands.

4. When a baby otter is born they are called a 'Pup' and have the fluffiest fur!

This fur serves as a life jacket and allows them to float. When the pup is old enough it sheds its "life jacket" and takes its first dive! Now, what could be cuter than that?

5. Mothers are life rafts for the first two months of a pup's life.

6. They are a keystone species because they feed on sea urchins and other invertebrates that live in kelp beds.

Without these adorable otters, these grazing animals can destroy kelp forests and consequently the wide diversity of animals that depend upon kelp habitat for survival. Not only do sea otters save their neighbors but the ocean itself since kelp absorbs harmful carbon dioxide. So thank you, otters!


7. Sea otters fur is waterproof!

With their many layers of fur to keep warm, some layers trap air in to keep them dry, while the outside is wet. Sounds like a wetsuit!

8. Another way to stay warm is to eat, A LOT!

An otter gobbles up about a quarter of its weight in food each day. That would be like a 60-pound kid eating 60 quarter-pounder hamburgers every day!

9. Sea otters smile just like humans!

Like, how can you resist such a cute face?!


10. They are basically ballerinas.

Watch the way they can summersault and twirl in the water.

11. They are really smart and talented too.

They can learn to play games like we do.


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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Spending Time Outdoors Has So Many Benefits, Physically And Mentally

The recent study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research emphasizing how spending time outdoors could reduce emotional stress and increase a person's overall happiness.

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Recently, I have come across a riveting article from Time stating that even spending as little as 20 minutes outside in a green area i.e. a park can instantly make you feel more cheerful. This article struck me a lot because we often rely on medications for effective treatment as opposed to anything natural. In my opinion, the best form of treatment lies in organic and pure substances. There can be nothing purer than spending time outdoors. In fact, we get most of our Vitamin D from the sun.

As a matter of fact, the recent study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research emphasizing how spending time outdoors could reduce emotional stress and increase a person's overall happiness. This recent finding serves as a great reminder to people who prefer to stay indoors thoroughly engrossed in their own world. I agree that staying indoors has its own perks and sometimes you just need that "Me" time all by yourself. But, being outdoors radiates an abundance of positive energy that is highly encouraged to maintain the exuberant zest for life.

No matter how busy I'm with classes and work, I always jump at the prospect of going outside and spending that time feeling the scorching sunshine on my face. Sometimes, that's all we need! Along those lines, the article mentions how just being physically outside means a lot even if you are not doing anything. There is no need to always exercise while spending time outside in order to feel ecstatic about life.

Personally, I love the outdoors and it feels awesome learning the fact that there is a valid scientific reason as to why I start feeling happier than before. It is indeed remarkable how nature plays a huge role in regulating your moods and approach towards life. Hence, I would strongly encourage everyone to broaden their horizons more and plan on spending more time outside. Even if it is for 10 or 15 minutes. After all, being outdoors opens the door to a healthy lifestyle. Those few moments spent outside can make you feel more empowered than you ever were!

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