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15 fascinating facts about otters

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on Jan. 21, 2020, 2:18 p.m.
A river otter looks thoughtful.

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So many names!

A group of otters has a range of names, including a bevy, family, lodge or, as their energy level and antics might suggest, a romp. When in the water, a group of otters is called a raft.

Even otter dens have a special name (or two). Their resting spots are called a hover or a couch, which are usually little more than a bed of reeds. But otters also use what's called a holt. Holts are small underground dens where otters can escape danger, take shelter, and where females raise their young.