Pamiuqtuuk means sea otter in Inuktitut.
Sea otters spend almost all of their time in the water. Of course, they do all of their hunting there, for abalone (pronounce 'ah baloney!'), clams, starfish, urchins and other shelled creatures of the ocean floor. But they also dine there-- while doing the backstroke, using their bellies as tables and rocks to crack open the shells. And they even sleep there, in groups called 'rafts,' on beds of kelp (seaweed). They often drape the kelp over their bodies to keep them from floating away as they dream of the next day's catch.
All rights reserved.
© 2007 OneWorld Classrooms. All rights reserved.