Otters make the world better

Saviez-vous que les loutres de mer se tiennent la “main” quand elle dorment, donc elles ne s’éloignent pas en flottant loin l’une de l’autre?

 

Sea otters tend to rest together in groups called rafts to keep from drifting out to sea. (They also wrap themselves in kelp (an algae))

We, humans with our anthropocentrism, think this is cute. And yeah it looks like an adorable gesture of solidarity. But there is no proof that animals are helpful and united just for “being together”. Without any doubt, this gesture has been learned by mimicry from parents to kids because staying together could bring an advantage to the group towards others (competition, predators).

Sea otters are endangered species.

They can be sociable and it seems that they’re pretty shrewd. And yes they’re still very cute.

Adaptation or not, they know that staying together help them to be strong and serene ;  could humans learn this lesson?

Sea Otter (Several Moms with pups) Morro Bay CA 13 Dec 2010

Credit: Mike Baird Source : flickr

 

drapeau-francais-franceLes loutres de mer ont tendance à se reposer ensemble dans des groupes appelés “raft”s pour éviter de dériver vers le large. (Elles s’enveloppent également dans du varech (une algue))

Nous, les humains avec notre anthropocentrisme, pensons que c’est mignon. Et oui, cela ressemble à un geste adorable de solidarité. Mais il n’existe aucune preuve que les animaux sont solidaires seulement pour «être ensemble». Sans aucun doute, ce geste a été appris par mimétisme des parents aux enfants parce que rester ensemble pourrait apporter un avantage au groupe envers les autres (compétition, prédateurs).

Les loutres de mer sont des espèces en danger de disparition.

Elles peuvent être sociables et il semble qu’elles soient assez malines. Et oui, elles restent très mignonnes.

Adaptation ou pas, elles savent que rester ensemble leur permet d’être plus fortes et sereines ; les humains ne pourraient-ils pas apprendre cette leçon?

 

Source : Facebook I fucking love science

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~ by mademoisellemv on March 3, 2013.

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