I'll start this post with a photo of a cormorant. There were a few cormorants fishing and coming up with fish after fish! I sometimes wonder where all of that food goes!?! Sea otters are not the only ones who eat a whole lot of food. Double-crested cormorants can eat up to a pound of fish per day!
|Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) with a plainfin midshipman (Porichthys notatus).|
The rest of the photos are of sea otters. There are many reasons why I like sea otters, but I can tell you why, when I am not working, I am watching otters- they are always interesting! Below are some of my favorite sea otter behaviors. There are a few of my favorites missing, but if I could see them all in one day, it wouldn't be as fun!
|Sea otter (Enhydra lutris) mom and pup resting.|
|Sea otter (Enhydra lutris) mom and pup. Well, hello to you too!|
|Two young sea otters (Enhydra lutris) in a bit of a brawl.|
|Sea otter (Enhydra lutris) with a sheep crab (Loxorhynchus grandis)|
The next two photos are part of a behavior that shows that all animals find ways to cheat the system. Prey stealing is a common thing with sea otters, but commonly we see males stealing from females (yet another reason why I would never want to be a female sea otter!). But this particular steal that is shown below was one female stealing from another! It is not that uncommon, but I am always surprised when I see it.
|Sea otter (Enhydra lutris) with a sheep crab (Loxorhynchus grandis) that is about to be stolen by another otter.|
|The moment after the steal. The prey-less otter is in the foreground. Kind of looks disheartened.|