Whiskers the River Otter®

The youngest member of The Super Fins®, Whiskers has more energy than brains sometimes. Eager to be part of the team, he will occasionally rush into a story before thinking ahead of time if it's a good idea. In some habitats, the wrong questions can turn an interviewer into prey! 

As the only member of The Super Fins®, Whiskers covers freshwater rivers and the areas where rivers pour into the ocean, known as brackish waters (freshwater meets saltwater). Able to travel along the shoreline, Whiskers covers stories that range from killer whales (who swim surprisingly close to the shoreline) to human interaction on land. Here are some of his recent stories:

South American Fur Seal (Arctocephalus australis)

December 19, 2016

South American Fur Seals are sexually dimorphic. Adult males are approximately 1.3 times longer and 3.3 times heavier than adult females. Adult males can reach 2 m and 90–160 kg, and possibly 200 kg; females […]

Baikal Seal (Phoca sibirica)

December 19, 2016

  The Baikal Seal belongs to the Phocina group of northern seals, which includes the Ringed Seals (Pusa), the Harbour and Spotted Seals (Phoca), and the Grey Seal (Halichoerus). The radiation of the Phocina group […]

Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus)

December 17, 2016

The Mediterranean monk seal is a phocid or “true” seal, and is the rarest and most endangered of all pinnipeds. These seals belong to the same genus (Monachus) as the Hawaiian monk seals and Caribbean monk […]

Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

December 17, 2016

Harbor seals are part of the “true seal” family, Phocidae. True seals lack external ear flaps and have short forelimbs that result in limited locomotion on land. Male harbor seals are slightly larger than females, […]

Guadalupe Fur Seal (Arctocephalus townsendi)

December 17, 2016

Guadalupe fur seals are members of the “eared seal” family, Otariidae. Guadalupe fur seals are sexually“dimorphic” with males reaching average lengths of about 7 feet (2 m) and weighing about 400 pounds (180 kg) while females average lengths and […]