Steve, Heather and I spent the morning spotting otters around Monterey Bay. Steve has been involved in the otter world for many many years, and is great at distinguishing the otter heads from the kelp. Heather and I, well, let’s just say we’re getting better.
We started out at Elkhorn Slough, which is my personal favorite otter-watching spot. Not only are you practically guaranteed a raft of otters right offshore, the slough is also teeming with other cool stuff to see, including birds (herons, egrets, cormorants, brown pelicans, white pelicans, and many more), fellow marine mammals (harbor seals and sea lions), beautiful plants, and even jellies that you can spot from shore.
After that, we worked our way south, just past Hopkins marine station. All along Cannery Row can be fruitful too.
All in all, we estimate that we saw about 50 otters–not too bad for a mornings work!