While many otter species exist in areas that get cold and snowy in the winter, one particular species is found only in warmer climates. Specifically, along the Amazon River of South America. It is the giant otter, the longest member of the weasel family and longest otter species. In fact, some individuals have been known to reach lengths of up to eight feet!
Giant otters are quite different from other otter species. They have the shortest fur of any otter, due to not having to deal with cold temperatures like their northern cousins. They also are known to have white or cream markings under their throat and chin, which individuals use to identify one another. In fact, when meeting for the first time, giant otters participate in "periscoping," a behavior in which both animals show their throats and upper chests to each other. This allows them to remember each other later.
Unlike other otters who prefer solitude, giant otters are most often found in large groups. These groups are known to be extremely noisy, producing a wide variety of unique calls, each with a different meaning. A 2014 study identified at least 22 distinct calls.
All otters are fascinating creatures, but perhaps no species is quite as interesting and unusual as the giant otter.
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Issue: Otters in Snow Stamps
Item Number: 683500
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Double-sided Booklet of 20 (4 designs)
Issue Date & City: October 12, 2021, Otter, MT 59062
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Illustrator: John Burgoyne, West Barnstable, MA
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Booklet: 20
Print Quantity: 300,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.77 x 1.05 in./19.558 x 26.67 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.91 x 1.19 in./23.114 x 30.226 mm
Full Booklet Size (w x h): 5.743 x 2.375 in./145.872 x 60.325 mm
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Pantone 4261
Plate Size: 800 stamps per revolution
Plate Number: “B” followed by five (5) single digits
Marginal Markings: Header: OTTERS in SNOW • Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps • USPS logo • Barcode • Plate number in peel strip area • ©2021 USPS in peel strip area • Promotional text in peel strip area
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