Monday, September 21, 2015

Sea Otter and River Otter

We are on the road and quite weary from a long day of travel. Drove from Arcata to Capitola, a 350 mile (563 km) journey. We took a walk down to the wharf after dinner and watched some sea otters in the sunset waters. They reminded me that I hadn't posted any photos of the river otter we saw in early September at the marsh. So here are two otters for you, one sea and one river. Both very toothy indeed!

Sea otter eating something



River otter

We came to Capitola to celebrate my mother's 90th birthday this Friday. If all goes as planned, she and other family members will be driving up from southern California over the next few days. There will be more posts very soon and more pictures!

16 comments:

  1. Are sea Otters a different species in your part of the world? Here we have otters that live in rivers which are largely nocturnal and very difficult to see, and others which live on the Scottish coast which are a little easier
    to spot as they hunt in daylight; but they are the same species. I hope Mother has a good "knees-up" to celebrate this notable milestone!

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  2. John-- Good question! Sea otters and River otters are related species, but different in many ways. Here's a pretty good article that discusses those differences.
    https://www.ncaquariums.com/askaquarium/otter.htm
    Thank you for your good wishes for my mom!

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  3. Those are some serious teeth! As always, nice photos. Have a safe trip mom.

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  4. Dave-- Glad you liked the pics. We were so happy to see the sea otters. I think my mom isn't going to be able to make the long drive up. So, we'll be heading down to the Los Angeles area for the festivities, and then staying a few days to be with her during her monoclonal antibody infusion, a treatment for her lymphoma.

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  5. I love to watch otters. Good pictures and sounds like a great birthday celebration :)

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  6. So cool, Robin Andrea! When Kali and I lived in Florida, we once came upon a river otter eating a fish along the shore of a lake. The otter wasn't much perturbed by our presence, and we "enjoyed" watching it eat the fish, bones and all. Crunch, crunch, crunch...

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  7. I love how the sea otters wrap their babies in kelp to keep them anchored while the mother dives down for food. Perfect playpen.

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  8. Otter is one of my choice animals if I have to come back as one.
    How nice that the family will be with your Mom for her birthday but also for her procedure. Both are times when family is welcome and comforting. Make it a great visit.

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  9. rain-- We love watching otters too, both the sea otter and the river otter. The share similar behaviors, but also quite different. We're looking forward to celebrating with my mom.

    Scott-- We always love when we get to see otters. They are such interesting creatures. The sea otters are especially cute when they are on their backs and cracking open shellfish for a meal.

    NCmountainwoman-- There is something about the relationship of sea otters with each other and their offspring that is quite beautiful to watch. They float around together, holding on to each other. Very sweet.

    Arkansas Patti-- That's an interesting choice, an otter in the next life. They are very smart and tough little creatures. It's going to be a long trip, but we really want to be with her for the celebration and the infusion. Two weeks on the road.

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  11. Delightful otter pics! And have a good visit with your mom.

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  12. Love otters, but I've never been lucky enough to see a sea otter. I don't really get to spend much time by the coast.
    Happy, happy birthday to your mom! I do hope her treatment is stress-free and she can enjoy having family help celebrate as she enters her 10th decade.

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  13. isabelita-- Glad you liked the pics. We love seeing otters. Thank you for your good wishes.

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  14. CCorax-- I think you'd have to come to California (or other northern Pacific) coasts to see sea otters. They have been reduced to such a small range. Thank you for your good birthday wishes for my mom!

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  15. Happy birthday, Mom! Hope you all have a joyous celebration. xoxo

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  16. kathy a-- Thank you so much. I will definitely share this with my mom!

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