Adult Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) in Morro Bay, CA

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    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

    Note Creative Commons usage at NPR Blog of the Nation on Air 29 July 2008

    Peggy Collins, chuck12600, and 43 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Peggy Collins 89 months ago | reply

      Wow, what a great shot! I could kiss him on the lips!
      The Nature Group

    2. SpeedyDi20832 89 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Sea Life, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    3. P_Woody 87 months ago | reply

      Love you Birds and Sea Otter shots - That is some lens !! 600mm ! must weigh a ton?

      There are 3 Sea Otter photos in my collection. I came across this one loan Otter which seemed to have adopted a dead duck / diver. Have you seen this behavior before ? I had a great 2 hours in Morro Bay watching this guy feed, sometimes bringing his friend down. The duck would pop up and a minute later the Otter would be back and would not eat his catch until he had the duck up on his chest again. Thoughts ?

      I am from Ireland and visit the SF Bay area occasionally with work. I love the sea otter and love to get down to any part of Monterey bay to see the wild life. You guys are blessed with a great variety of bird and sea life and its great to see that local people love it and its not taken for granted.

    4. mikebaird 87 months ago | reply

      P_Woody Well, we often have seen Gulls follow otters around hoping to get food scraps, and Mom otters carry their pups (maybe they look like ducks?), but I have no seen any duck-otter interaction - but the beauty of nature is the undiscovered. Thanks for the comment and story.

    5. 87 months ago | reply

      Great shot Mike!

    6. Blog of the Nation 81 months ago | reply

      great photo! we used it on our blog, blog of the nation!

    7. Vibrant Spirit 81 months ago | reply

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

    8. Lily.of.the.Valley 80 months ago | reply

      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".

      Namaste, Lily

    9. mikebaird 80 months ago | reply

      Lily.of.the.Valley Thanks for the nice note Lily - what a pleasure to be part of that relationship!

    10. ana.solg 70 months ago | reply

      Delicate and funny. I would love to hug it!

    11. ana.solg 70 months ago | reply

      The position of its hands, peaceful face...who dares to wake up this little angel?

    12. Dromelet 61 months ago | reply

      This beautiful photograph was used in an e-book about sea otters created online at -4716913 and in a multimedia collage at

    13. papiaflick 27 months ago | reply

      GREAT! Fantastic, funny, relaxing! magical nature great shot!

    14. lb.lexiebell 7 months ago | reply

      Great shot, Mike! The Morro Bay National Estuary Program used this photo (with photo credit) in our new Nature Center display.

    15. mikebaird 7 months ago | reply
      Thanks so much for the creative commons use and note
      Great shot, Mike! The Morro Bay National Estuary Program used this photo (with photo credit) in our new Nature Center display.

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