Northern Sea Otter in Resurrection Bay, Seward, AK
Wayyyy long time ago swimming outside the Monterey Bay Aquarium when I was a child (were wild).
The other photo shows the way the sea otters are all sleeping in a group in the kelp.
This many moms with pups (max count today 30 plus 12 pups) is phenomenal at a high visibility location like this. Yep, I'm calling it a phenomenon. If you visit, please be respectful.
I'm not sure if there's enough to identify the clam the otter is eating. Please leave a comment if you think so, and I'll copy this observation to make one for the clam.
This shy sea otter would dive down every time it saw me.
Saw it in South Marsh at Elkhorn Slough Reserve, where I don't normally see them.
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...