The sea otter Enhydra lutris is the only truly marine otter found in Asia and used to be found on the coast of Japan. Now only single animals are recorded off Japan and the Asian population is declining. Throughout Asia otters receive very little attention in terms of conservation as most effort is directed towards larger, high-profile species, such as tigers, elephants and rhinos. This is despite the fact that otters are excellent environmental indicators as they use both the land and aquatic habitats and both need to be in pristine condition. Otters are threatened by wetland degradation, depletion of food sources, and illegal hunting.
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Asian small-clawed otter - Wikipedia
Its name comes from the very small claws on its fingers, they rely on their sensitive and dexterous fingers to forage for their prey, and so do not have the long claws which most otters have. Because of this they also have less webbing between their digits than other otters. They are as at home on land as in the water, being amphibious they spend roughly half of their time on land, and half in the water. When swimming the Otters rear feet propel them through the water and their tail acts as a rudder for steering.
Oriental Small-Clawed Otter
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The smallest of the world's otters, about 0. This otter lives in extended family groups around a breeding alpha pair. Group sizes of more than 20 animals have been recorded. These otters are extremely manually dextrous, using their forepaws to feel for molluscs and crustaceans in rocks, vegetation and mud. They are the least aquatic of all the otters.