Decaying carcass. Missing skull and hide. Mostly likely harvested by local native for hide.
A Raft of Sea Otters in Elkhorn Slough
Noisily chain-chomping kelp crabs a few feet from the dock we were on. Never have been so close to one! :-)
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...