Tag Archives: Sea Otters

Sea Otter Eating Crabs

Crabs are one of the favorite foods of sea otters.  Each individual sea otter specializes in 2-3 types of food that they prefer to eat, and their preferences usually come from their mother!  Researchers at the Elkhorn Slough have recently … Continue reading

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Sea Otter eating a green crab

This sea otter is eating a green-colored crab.  Sea otters learn from their mothers how to eat crabs without getting pinched by first pulling off and eating the legs.  Sea otters must eat up to 25% of their body weight … Continue reading

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Sea Otter Resting in the Elkhorn Slough

This sea otter was photographed from a boat on the Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing, California.  Sea otters must eat up to a quarter of their weight every day, such that they spend a lot of time resting between meals … Continue reading

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Sea Otter Bath Time

Sea otters must spend a lot of time grooming each day in order to stay warm in the chilly waters of the Pacific Ocean.  They somersault and rub their fur, which traps air bubbles in their fur to insulate them … Continue reading

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Our 10 Favorite Photos of 2014

Our 10 favorite photos of 2014 (in no particular order) are… 1) Artists Palette at Sunset, Death Valley, California The sunset cooperated quite nicely for this photo, with the clouds lighting up in a brilliant display of pinks and yellows.  … Continue reading

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Sea Otter Eating a Big Clam

Sea otters feed throughout the day, as sea otters must eat up to 25% of their body weight each day.  This equates to approximately 10-15 pounds of food per day.  This sea otter appeared happy with his prize after foraging … Continue reading

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Sea Otter in Eelgrass

This sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is resting comfortably in eelgrass (Zostera marina), which is a type of seagrass in the Elkhorn Slough (an estuary in Moss Landing, CA).  Eelgrass is important for combating global warming by soaking up carbon dioxide … Continue reading

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Two Sea Otters

  These southern sea otters are resting in kelp in the Elkhorn Slough, in Moss Landing, CA.  Sea otters have the densest fur of any mammal – up to 1 million hairs per square inch – which keeps them warm … Continue reading

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Sea Otter!

We photographed this sea otter in Moss Landing, at the mouth of the Elkhorn Slough, along the coast of central California. He actively groomed himself in the late afternoon sun, as sea otters must groom and rub bubbles into their … Continue reading

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Sea Otters, Moss Landing, California

Sea otters tend to congregate into male and female rafts.  These two otters were part of the male raft in the Elkhorn Slough, in Moss Landing, CA.  Early morning light reflected off the bluff creates the gold tones in the … Continue reading

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