otters are adorable

On a nice Summer day in Hawkins, the kids decided to go to the zoo. While Dustin and Max were feeding the ducks that wandered around the picnic area, and Lucas and Will were glancing over the map to plan their next route, Mike and El strolled over to the Otter exhibit. “Mike, look, they’re holding hands!” El exclaimed as she noticed the small furry animals floating around in the water. As she leaned over the railing trying to get a closer look, Mike read over one of the signs that displayed a bunch of fun facts about the animal. “Apparently they hold hands, um paws, so that they won’t float away from each other. They also hold paws while sleeping.” As Mike walked over by El’s side to see if he could notice any more otters, El gently reached for his hand, Mike took it without hesitation and El beamed at him. “So we don’t drift away from each other,” she said. They didn’t let go for the rest of the day, and even as they slept during the car ride home, their hands remained together. 

Cute or concerning? 

Here, an adorable sea otter plays with a discarded plastic basket in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Sanctuary visitor Douglas Croft, who took this photo, says that “It was quite humorous to watch her play with it and carry it around, but if this ‘toy’ had had a hole in it and her head got stuck, it could have been a death sentence." 

Plastic debris finds its way into the ocean far too often, and can harm the health of ecosystems and beloved sea creatures. We can all do our part to protect animals like sea otters by picking up trash on the beach and near our homes farther inland! Opting to use reusable products also goes a long way toward keeping our ocean and waterways clean. 

What will you do to help clean up marine debris? 

(Photo: Douglas Croft)

Got7′s current favorite fan-given nicknames
(according to the Hong Kira radio interview 032317)

Jaebum: I like KkariBbom (meaning cool bbom)
Jinyoung:  I like nyung gee teng gee! ‘Nyung’ is my name ‘gee’ is like cute and ‘teng’ is like fresh i like it
Mark: I like danho mark (strict mark)
BamBam: I like Bam chinja!
Youngjae: Tweh soodal (Otter tweh)
Yugyeom:  I like Yugyeom oppa!

(translation cr. igot7_MarKP)