300+ yards off shore through 10x binoc, several otters
just a few yards off shore. 3 others 2-3 hundred yards out
Always strange for me to see this north of Monterrey Bay, but Donna said she's seen them in abundance sometimes off Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay. Many years ago I saw one off Land's End in SF County - a place they were hunted 100 years ago into extirpation.
Small otter eating a very large sea urchin. As usual, accompanied by an opportunistic gull.
Appeared to be attempting mating...with a juvenile Harbor Seal. The seal eventually slipped the otter's grasp.
After being awakened from his nap by the boat, this otter executed a complete barrel roll with his front paws still out of the water (to preserve heat) to check us out.
The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is a marine mammal native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean. Adult sea otters typically weigh between 14 and 45 kg (31 and 99 lb), making them the heaviest members of the weasel family, but among the smallest marine mammals. Unlike most marine mammals, the sea otter's primary form of insulation is an exceptionally thick coat of fur, the densest in the animal kingdom. Although it can walk on land, the sea...