holding hands

  • Eggybird 8y

    Cute! They look like a pair of fluffy slippers in the thumbnail! Lol! :o)
  • Now Public 8y

    Thank you for sharing your photo! This photograph appears in a NowPublic news story: Video: Otters in love at the Vancouver Aquarium.
  • Larry Pieniazek 7y

    Thank you for sharing your photo. It has been placed on Wikimedia Commons, the common image repository site for all Wikimedia Foundation projects, and is used in the English Wikipedia article on Sea Otters (scientific name Enhydra_lutris), as well as other articles, where it will be seen and enjoyed by thousands of people!

    Your selection of the rights you chose made this possible! Thank you very much for your thoughfulness.
  • Carole 7y

    I think this has got to be the cutest picture I have ever seen.
  • jklm250 7y

    My boyfriend found this picture in the Wikipedia article on sea otters and sent it to me the day I agreed to become his girlfriend. Otters were kind of our thing; he really liked them and one of our best dates was at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to see the sea otters. He passed away on Dec. 22 and I will be getting a stylized version of this picture tattooed over my heart. Thank you :)
  • joe robertson 7y

    gosh, i'm so sorry for your loss. these otters touched me & my wife deeply too. so simple and powerful. with your boyfriend and these otters you will always have love in your heart <3
  • carissa of the house of wode 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Your Daily Nap, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Thanks! I used this on my blog at www.ihavenoideawhatiamdoing.com for my Daily Nap feature.
  • joe robertson 5y

    hey, the lolcats people made a shirt based on this:
    they should have sent me one!
    it was also used on their site as:
  • Diane 5y

    Thanks for sharing on Creative Commons! I've used this photo on a blog post scheduled for October 1, 2010. icemom.net/2010/10/ask-the-ice-moms-parents-dont-like-gro...

    Ice Mom
  • ARMLE 4y

    How sweet (: I featured you here!
  • Krystal 4y

    Your photo is all over Pinterest. I saw that most people were pinning it from Wikipedia or Reddit. I made sure to pin it from here in hopes that people will see who took it! Great photo :)
  • joe robertson 4y

    thanks, yeah, this photo has sort of taken on a life of its own. i google image searched it and it got something like 14,000 hits. it's been on reddit many times, but because i didn't think of submitting it there my karma score remains pitifully low.
  • joe robertson 4y

    The following comment was made Oct. 14th, 2008 about this photograph by someone who I believe works with the aquarium:
    "The chubbier, graying otter is named Nyac: she's a survivor of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. She recently passed away from leukemia at 20-something years of age. The young whippersnapper holding her paw is named Milo, and is still drawing awwwwwwwws from the crowd at the Vancouver Public Aquarium."
    Milo was diagnosed with stage five lymphoma this year:
  • *spectator* 3y

  • indigoswash 3y

    Extremely charming :) Btw, if anyone wants to read the source for the Canada.com link, in full, it can be found near the bottom of this page from the Vancouver Aquarium, and I include it below too:
    A Note About Nyac & Milo the famous YouTube "Hand Holding" Otters

    "Milo" We’re very sad to share that Milo, our 12-year-old male sea otter, passed away on January 11, 2012. Milo was diagnosed with lymphoma in August of 2011. Our animal care staff, led by Dr. Martin Haulena, collaborated with veterinary specialists, including oncologists, internists, aquatic animal veterinarians and pathologists around the world to develop a unique chemotherapeutic treatment plan for Milo – who was the first otter in the world to be treated with chemotherapy. Despite the terrific efforts of our veterinary team, he passed away peacefully surrounded by his friends at the Aquarium.

    "Nyac" a long-time resident and one of the last surviving sea otters from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill died on September 23, 2008. During her 20 years of life, she won the hearts of the visitors, members, volunteers and staff of the Aquarium as they learned about sea otters and the issues that face them in our waters. She was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia a few days before her death. This disease has not been previously reported in sea otters, but there is some association of it with contact with petroleum in other species. So even in death, she’ll continue to provide vital information on the long-term effects of oil exposure.
  • AlextheLatina 2y

    I love this pic and it means a lot to me as I am from Vancouver and had almost "grown up" with these otters before they both sadly passed away. I would like to use this photo on my Facebook Page (I am a relationship coach and intuitive)with the quote "Everyone deserves to have the relationship of their dreams. - Photo by Joe Robertson. " Am I allowed to do that? How can I give the appropriate "props"?
  • Andy Hwang 2y

    Thank you for placing this image on Creative Commons!

    I've used this photo on a Facebook post scheduled for March 22, 2013 about 30 happy facts.

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