More Sea Otters Caught Raping Baby Seals (VIDEO)

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Sea otters are known for their cute faces and endless playfulness. What they aren’t known for (amazingly, after years of reports on the matter) is their crude mating behavior.

You read that right. When male sea otters reach sexual maturity, they will rape seal pups if there aren’t enough female seals to compete for. In sea otter culture, too, this happens quite a lot. More alpha males will exclude the weaker males from the females, essentially abandoning them from the pack. When this happens, the weaker males become more desperate for a mate and thus more aggressive.

The worst part of it is that an integral part of sea otter rape culture is holding the victim under water for about an hour (yes, this is because they are accustomed to the vicious mating refusal from the female sea otters). However, this behavior unfortunately drowns the infant seals. Granted, it also drowns about 1 in 10 of the female sea otters as well.

Did you find that last paragraph… gruesome? Repulsive? Pathetic? You aren’t quite ready for what’s next. In a particularly scarce mating environment, the male sea otter will keep the baby seal corpse. The corpse will be continually raped until it has rotted too much (sea otters decide this at about the end of the work week).

Still onboard with sea otters after fully acknowledging this behavior? As it turns out, there is a whole river of shit stew that is generally unknown about the playful bastards. This includes their wolverine-like jaw aggression, holding their own pups underwater until they receive food, and their abandonment of their children over food distribution.

This all sums up to sea otters clearly being the biggest assholes in the animal kingdom. Either that, or this is all just is an implicit reflection of our own subtextually evangelical values onto the lives of unaware marine mammals. You decide!

Featured image by Wikimedia Commons, available under Creative Commons 2.0 Generic license.

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