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(4 of 5) California Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) resting in a colony of a dozen sea otters - Note strong molar teeth used to crack open shells | by mikebaird
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(4 of 5) California Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) resting in a colony of a dozen sea otters - Note strong molar teeth used to crack open shells

(4 of 5) California Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) resting in a colony of a dozen sea otters and wrapped in kelp ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_otter ) at Target Rock near Morro Rock in Morro Bay, CA,02 June 2010. Photo by "Mike" Michael L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com; Shooting a Canon EOS 1D Mark III 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera, Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens with circular polarizer (to great effect), and a Canon EF 1.4X II Extender Telephoto Accessory, handheld, but braced on rocks while positioned at water’s edge about 0.5 meter above the water level. To use this photo, please see the access, attribution, and commenting recommendations at www.flickr.com/people/mikebaird/#credit - Please, no invites with images, flashing icons or award/post rules. *

Note: Jerry Kirkhart below notes a lack of ECHINOCHROME, A RED SUBSTANCE IN SEA URCHINS.

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Taken on June 2, 2010