Sea otters have strong teeth

Study finds sea otter tooth enamel more than twice as tough as ours

Sea otter dental enamel is highly resistant to chipping due to its microstructure Ziscovici et al. Biol Lett 2014 10 (10), p. 20140484   Abstract Dental enamel is prone to damage by chipping with large hard objects at forces that depend on chip size and enamel toughness. Experiments on modern human teeth have suggested that [...]

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Study: Slime-producing molecules help spread disease from cats to sea otters

The spread of diseases from land animals to sea otters and other marine mammals is aided and abetted by gelatinous, sticky polymers produced by seaweed, reports a research team headed by a UC Davis veterinary infectious-disease expert. These large, complex molecules form slimy biofilms and bind water-borne organic matter into larger particles, in which disease-causing [...]

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