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Adult Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)  in Morro Bay, CA - This is one of my better photos | by mikebaird
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Adult Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) in Morro Bay, CA - This is one of my better photos


© All Rights Reserved 2007 "Mike" Michael L. Baird

, for Getty stock use.

26 Nov 2009, The Flickreenos representing Getty Images said: Hi mikebaird, Flickr has partnered with the fabulous Getty Images to offer an invitation-only service for Flickr members to license their photos for commercial use. The Getty Images team has noticed your work on Flickr, and is pleased to offer you an invitation to enroll with them. They have selected 5 of your photos for possible inclusion in the program. Here are a few of them [Red Fox Pups] [Western Snowy Plover] [Adult Sea Otter] [Northern Elephant Seals in Battle] [Peregrine Falcon Fledgling]. About Getty Images . About Flickr’s partnership with Getty Images .


Adult Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) in Morro Bay, CA drifts out of the harbor on the ebb tide 14dec2007 Friday 14 Dec. 2007 - Photo by Mike Baird, Canon 1D Mark III with 600mm IS lens w/ 2X II TE and polarizer, on tripod


I was reasonably pleased at the sharpness of this image (as seen in the original size) because using a "doubler" Canon EF 2X II Extender Telephoto Accessory usually results in a compromise.


This photo was used at under the Creative Commons license.


04 Sept. 2008, viewer Lily Namaste says" Dear Mike, Thank you for sharing your fabulous photos of Sea Otters. I am a frequent user of flickr photos. I live in Canada and correspond with a 9 year old autistic boy, recently relocated to California. He loves sea otters and visits them at the beach. I have been using your photos to correspond with him as a sea otter pup. Through the diligent persistence of his devoted mother, this child who made no connection to the world for the first five years of his life, now speaks and is able to read at the third grade level. Last week he spoke to me on the telephone and read back to me, all the sea otter messages I have sent to him. I just melted. Thank you for your participation in a love connection. He calls me "Auntie Lily". My online nickname of Lily of the Valley.


More Creative Commons use depicting this otter in a storm of rain.

17 Dec. 2008 more Creative Commons use , "Bring Back the Dodo!" for the December 17, 2008 posting (


18 May 2009 Creative Commons use in 1-87SEAOTTER Report Dead or Beached Sea Otters card for US Fish & Wildlife Service. "I wanted to make you aware of the use of one of your photos that I found posted on Flickr under a Creative Commons license. The title of the photo is listed in the subject line. It is being used by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in conjunction with a sea otter recovery program. The specific product in which the photo is placed is a sea otter hotline card that displays the hotline number and gives the cardholder information about what to observe and report in the event they come upon a dead or beached sea otter. I've attached a pdf of the front and back sides of the card, which is about the size of a business card. I would just like to express my great appreciation for your wonderful photography and the fact that you make it so easily available for responsible use. You offer a tremendous and generous service to conservation organizations such as ours. Best Wishes, Patrick Stark Patrick_Stark [at} fws d o t gov, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Visitor Services and Communications, 911 NE 11th Ave. - 3rd Floor East, Portland, OR 97232. 503-231-6176, (<= requires pswd)

My note: In California, the phone numbers to use are: For areas in Monterey county and to the north contact the Monterey Bay Aquarium at (831) 648-4840. For the Big Sur to Cambria area contact Brian Hatfield of the USGS-Biological Resources Division at (805) 927-3893. For the Cambria to Pt. Conception area contact Mike Harris in Morro Bay of the California Dept. of Fish and Game at (805) 772-1135.

This sea otter image can be seen on the visitor services card at:





28 Aug 2009... more Creative Commons requests, by National Wildlife Federation (approved):"Dear Mr. Pawluk [should read Mike Baird] - The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) would like permission to use one of your amazing photos in support of our mission. The photos we wish to use are: Adult Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) in Morro Bay, CA .

This image is honored as Wikipdia Picture of the Day 28 July 2009 (Best of 3) Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) mother with nursing pup in the Morro Bay harbor . We ask that you give NWF and its affiliated organizations a non-exclusive right to use, publish, reproduce, modify, adapt and distribute your Image(s) at any time in any manner or medium whether existing now or yet to be developed, including without limitation use in print, presentations, Internet, electronic, wireless, television, mailed promotions, exhibits and press releases. Wherever feasible, NWF shall credit the photograph. No payment will be made to you for the use of the Images. If you agree, what name would you like us to attribute the image to? We are in the process of re-doing our website, and it is high quality shots like yours that will help us help secure North America's natural heritage for generations. Best regards- Katie M.

NWF Web team"


Another Creative Commons use pre-approved and downloaded before 11/2009 Getty representation appears 17 Oct. 2012 in a YouTube Video for FWS (by "Pat" ) .... U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Portland, Oregon ... a video highlighting cool things about Refuges in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Islands ...


22 Sept. 2009 Used under CC in a Lightstalking tutorial on "15 Striking Samples of Telephoto Photography."


Utterly Otterly Day 30 Oct 2009: Hello. I am writing you because I would like permission to use your amazing photos. The two I am thinking about using are: Adult Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) in Morro Bay, CA ; Two Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) with watercolor effect (not added); I request your permission to publish, reproduce, modify, adapt and distribute your Image(s) within a children’s curriculum I am creating. The image would specifically be used in printables within the unit for the book Utterly Otterly Day by Mary Caanova. I will credit you as the photograph however you wish. If you agree, what name would you like me to attribute the image to? This will not be on the actual printable (unless you insist on this condition) but in the curriculum credits. I can either credit you right in the section for this book Utterly Otterly Day or I can put it on a credits page at the end of the curriculum.

I am currently working on the curriculum and will be using it with some students before trying to get it out for other homeschoolers or daycare centers to use. This curriculum isfor children that are 2-6 yrs. old. These images would be on some kind of printable or project that the students will use to reinforce the story .

Please e-mail me back at this e-mailaddress letting me know if you give me the permission to use your image(s). Thank you, Carol Vega Carol Vega carol [at} teamvega d o t org

Reply: Carol Vega, That all cool with me... thanks for asking. I love to have my photos used in educational contexts. A copy of the printables/book(s) is always appreciated for my portfolio but I don’t insist on it. answers all questions people ask about using my photos (e.g., please comment at the photo, etc...), and says all... (pasted below too). Use as practicable or desired. I generally prefer attribution to be attached to or close to the images but I yield to editorial preferences and your convenience.


Please, no invites with images, multiple invites, award levels, flashing icons, or award/post rules.


Lesson: Cute works, always. And, always get closer.


Creative Commons use approved: 04 Oct. 2011

Appeared in the October 2011 Newsletter "Estuary News - Bay-Delta News and Views from the San Francisco Estuary Partnership." Vol. 20, No. 5.

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