Sea Otters are some of the most charismatic animals we have here in California. The goal of this one day sea otter photo tour is to get photographers opportunities to photograph these cute animals from both land and from the water.
We will take pictures of bachelor rafts, animals feeding, and animals wrapped up in kelp, from a privately chartered boat (sunrise shoot) and from land (sunset shoot). Don’t worry if you get sea sick normally, we will be in extremely calm waters the whole time!
These marine mammals live mostly on the North Pacific coast and typically weigh between 31 and 99 pounds. They are able to live their entire life in the water, in part because of a massive fur coat, the densest in the animal world. They feed on invertebrates such as sea urchins, clams, crab, and abalone as well as octopus and some species of fish. The otters will use rocks to scrape their prey and open shells, making them unique among marine mammals as tool users.
They can go onshore and occasionally will do so. The otters are very friendly and while taking these pictures on Jetty Road at Moss Landing, California [55 miles south of San Jose on the coast], I observed the animals allowing children to approach within six feet. The kids and pups seemed equally curious about each other. Continue reading →