Kayaking on the Elkhorn Slough we came upon a raft of Sea Otter
So cool to see Sea Otters swimming by from the deck of our hotel room.
female swimming around and fouraging in Moss Landing Harbour
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Posting this guy just to show that the presence of a nose wound is not always indicative of gender in sea otters. While nose wounds, which are a result of the "top" participant (usually male) biting the nose of the "bottom" participant (usually female), are most frequently found on female otters, male-male mating activities are not uncommon, especially near the bachelor group at Jetty Rd. This guy (male genitalia clearly visible) had a rough encounter as the bottom.
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...