This mother and pup were just two of half a dozen Sea Otters in the area. The mother would repeatedly dive down and bring up clusters of mussels which she would then share with her still nursing pup.
@gbentall based on the ridges, I believe these are California Mussels (Mytilus californianus) but would you mind taking another look before I crop the photo and add them to the Sea Otter Prey database.
Eating a (headless) sea bird, most likely a Brandt's Cormorant (this was underneath their nesting area) but maybe could be a Common Murre, since there have been a lot of dead ones on the beach recently. @gbentall have you seen this feeding behavior before?
Recently dead, this sea otter washed up on Anchor Pt beach near the mouth of the Anchor River. There was also another dead otter that was very degraded and dead for a long time
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...