observed a sea otter riding in the waves off of Montana de Oro state park
30 otters spotted in the high density kelp areas. One mother otter with her baby. Others cleaning themselves, resting, and eating.
Juvenile grooming his tail beside the pier. Still nursing from mom (see other photo).
Munching a crab.
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...