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

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 8y

    Wow, what a great shot! I could kiss him on the lips!
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  • Nicolas Moulin 8y


    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Sea Life, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • P_Woody 8y

    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.
  • Mike Baird 8y

    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.
  • Rob Lind PRO 7y

    Great shot Mike!
  • Blog of the Nation 7y

    great photo! we used it on our blog, blog of the nation!
  • Nick Perla 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Canon Cameras, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Lily.of.the.Valley 7y

    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
  • Mike Baird 7y

    Lily.of.the.Valley Thanks for the nice note Lily - what a pleasure to be part of that relationship!
  • Richard McManus PRO 6y

    Great shot
  • Ana 6y

    Delicate and funny. I would love to hug it!
  • Ana 6y

    The position of its hands, peaceful face...who dares to wake up this little angel?
  • Becky Kirk 6y

    Fab shot!
  • Alda Tita - On and off 5y

  • Dromelet 5y

    This beautiful photograph was used in an e-book about sea otters created online at -4716913 and in a multimedia collage at
  • papiaflick 3y

    GREAT! Fantastic, funny, relaxing! magical nature great shot!
  • Lexie Bell 1y

    Great shot, Mike! The Morro Bay National Estuary Program used this photo (with photo credit) in our new Nature Center display.
  • Mike Baird 1y

    Lexie Bell
    Thanks so much for the creative commons use and note
    Adult Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)  in Morro Bay, CA by mikebaird

    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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Taken on December 14, 2007
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