Remember your first swimming lesson? I remember kicking my legs and screaming in my father’s years not to let me go. The first lesson is always the most difficult, don’t you think? But it’s also the only way you can learn the skills you need to be more comfortable in the water and experience new sensations. And believe it or not, as it turns out, even baby otters have to take swimming lessons.

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Otters, as we know, are great swimmers. But apparently, they are not born this way, and need guidance and training to turn into the amazing swimmers we know. Their somewhat flattened tail is perfect for propelling themselves through the water. Also, otters can hold their breath underwater for as long as 4 minutes at a time without needing to come out for air. However, their physical advantages and good genes are not enough. Otters also need the invaluable guidance of their parents.

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In the video below, you can see just how important is mom’s role in all this. Under her supervision, everything is a lot easier. All this otter needs now is some more practice and he’ll be a professional swimmer in no time.