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Sea Otter vs. Ice: Rocks are perfect for cracking frozen food-filled ice

From the Vancouver Aquarium

Sea otters usually prey on hard-shelled food — clams, abalones, mussels, crabs… If they’re too hard to crack with their teeth, they’ll smash them open with, or against, a rock. 

This is what this sea otter (Elfin) is doing when he bashes the ice against the rock. He’s after the hidden gems of food frozen within the ice.

The Aquarium’s marine mammal trainers freeze seafood in chunks of ice and give them to the sea otters to play with, so they have a variety of ways to get their food — and it’s just plain fun.

Previously from the Vancouver Aquarium, Baby Octopuses! And of course, YouTube stars Milo and (Exxon Valdez Oil spill survivor) Nyac from Otters Holding Hands!

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