MOST FREQUENTLY OBSERVE THESE ANIMALS ON THE JETTY ROAD WETLANDS AREA OR IN THE WATER. THIS YOUNG MALE WAS RECENTLY DEAD. REPORTED HIM TO THE SOUTHERN SEA OTTER PROJECT THAT CAME AND PICKED HIM UP. AUTOPSIES ARE DONE ON ALL SEA OTTERS THAT THEY FIND. THERE WAS A LARGER DEAD SEA OTTER SOUTH OF THIS ONE ON THE BEACH.
On Zalophus carcass
This male snowy plover was banded as a chick last year at Pajaro Spit, not far from Moss Landing State Beach. Thanks to PRBO for the info!
Another casualty of a very tough year for young Zalophus