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A sea otter, resting on its back, grooms the fur on its head.  A sea otter depends on its fur to keep it warm and afloat, and must groom its fur frequently, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough.  Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone.  Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter, resting on its back, holding its paw out of the water for warmth.  While the sea otter has extremely dense fur on its body, the fur is less dense on its head, arms and paws so it will hold these out of the cold water to conserve body heat, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table
A sea otter, resting on its back, grooms the fur on its head. A sea otter depends on its fur to keep it warm and afloat, and must groom its fur frequently.
Image ID: 21651  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough. Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone. Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs.
Image ID: 21652  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter, resting on its back, holding its paw out of the water for warmth. While the sea otter has extremely dense fur on its body, the fur is less dense on its head, arms and paws so it will hold these out of the cold water to conserve body heat.
Image ID: 21653  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter, resting on its back, holding its paw out of the water for warmth.  While the sea otter has extremely dense fur on its body, the fur is less dense on its head, arms and paws so it will hold these out of the cold water to conserve body heat, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A raft of sea otters.  A raft is a congregation of sea otters, usually in a resting mode.  While rafting sea otters appear to suggest a tendancy toward a group social structure, sea otters can also be solitary animals, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter, resting on its back, grooms the fur on its head.  A sea otter depends on its fur to keep it warm and afloat, and must groom its fur frequently, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table
A sea otter, resting on its back, holding its paw out of the water for warmth. While the sea otter has extremely dense fur on its body, the fur is less dense on its head, arms and paws so it will hold these out of the cold water to conserve body heat.
Image ID: 21656  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A raft of sea otters. A raft is a congregation of sea otters, usually in a resting mode. While rafting sea otters appear to suggest a tendancy toward a group social structure, sea otters can also be solitary animals.
Image ID: 21657  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter, resting on its back, grooms the fur on its head. A sea otter depends on its fur to keep it warm and afloat, and must groom its fur frequently.
Image ID: 21658  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter, resting on its back, holding its paw out of the water for warmth.  While the sea otter has extremely dense fur on its body, the fur is less dense on its head, arms and paws so it will hold these out of the cold water to conserve body heat, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough.  Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone.  Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough.  Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone.  Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table
A sea otter, resting on its back, holding its paw out of the water for warmth. While the sea otter has extremely dense fur on its body, the fur is less dense on its head, arms and paws so it will hold these out of the cold water to conserve body heat.
Image ID: 21659  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough. Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone. Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs.
Image ID: 21660  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough. Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone. Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs.
Image ID: 21661  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough.  Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone.  Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter mother hold her pup on her stomach as she rests floating on her back.  This pup, just a few days old, probably weighs between 3 and 5 pounds.  The pup still has the fluffy fur it was born with, which traps so much fur the pup cannot dive and floats like a cork, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter, resting and floating on its back, in Elkhorn Slough, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough. Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone. Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs.
Image ID: 21662  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter mother hold her pup on her stomach as she rests floating on her back. This pup, just a few days old, probably weighs between 3 and 5 pounds. The pup still has the fluffy fur it was born with, which traps so much fur the pup cannot dive and floats like a cork.
Image ID: 21663  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter, resting and floating on its back, in Elkhorn Slough.
Image ID: 21664  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter, resting on its back, grooms the fur on its head.  A sea otter depends on its fur to keep it warm and afloat, and must groom its fur frequently, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter, resting and floating on its back, in Elkhorn Slough, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter, resting on its back, holding its paw out of the water for warmth.  While the sea otter has extremely dense fur on its body, the fur is less dense on its head, arms and paws so it will hold these out of the cold water to conserve body heat, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table
A sea otter, resting on its back, grooms the fur on its head. A sea otter depends on its fur to keep it warm and afloat, and must groom its fur frequently.
Image ID: 21665  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter, resting and floating on its back, in Elkhorn Slough.
Image ID: 21666  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter, resting on its back, holding its paw out of the water for warmth. While the sea otter has extremely dense fur on its body, the fur is less dense on its head, arms and paws so it will hold these out of the cold water to conserve body heat.
Image ID: 21667  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter resting, holding its paws out of the water to keep them warm and conserve body heat as it floats in cold ocean water, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter, resting on its back, grooms the fur on its head.  A sea otter depends on its fur to keep it warm and afloat, and must groom its fur frequently, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter, resting on its back, holding its paw out of the water for warmth.  While the sea otter has extremely dense fur on its body, the fur is less dense on its head, arms and paws so it will hold these out of the cold water to conserve body heat, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table
A sea otter resting, holding its paws out of the water to keep them warm and conserve body heat as it floats in cold ocean water.
Image ID: 21668  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter, resting on its back, grooms the fur on its head. A sea otter depends on its fur to keep it warm and afloat, and must groom its fur frequently.
Image ID: 21669  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter, resting on its back, holding its paw out of the water for warmth. While the sea otter has extremely dense fur on its body, the fur is less dense on its head, arms and paws so it will hold these out of the cold water to conserve body heat.
Image ID: 21670  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter mother floats alongside her days-old pup through the water.  The pup still has the fluffy fur it was born with, which traps so much fur the pup cannot dive and floats like a cork, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table Sea otters, resting on the surface by lying on their backs, in a group known as a raft, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table A sea otter floats on its back on the ocean surface.  It will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats, Enhydra lutris, Morro Bay, California Add To Light Table
A sea otter mother floats alongside her days-old pup through the water. The pup still has the fluffy fur it was born with, which traps so much fur the pup cannot dive and floats like a cork.
Image ID: 21671  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
Sea otters, resting on the surface by lying on their backs, in a group known as a raft.
Image ID: 21672  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
A sea otter floats on its back on the ocean surface. It will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats.
Image ID: 20433  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA
 
Five sea otters float on their backs on the ocean surface.  Each will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats, Enhydra lutris, Morro Bay, California Add To Light Table A sea otter floats on its back on the ocean surface.  It will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats, Enhydra lutris, Morro Bay, California Add To Light Table A sea otter floats on its back on the ocean surface.  It will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats, Enhydra lutris, Morro Bay, California Add To Light Table
Five sea otters float on their backs on the ocean surface. Each will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats.
Image ID: 20435  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA
 
A sea otter floats on its back on the ocean surface. It will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats.
Image ID: 20436  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA
 
A sea otter floats on its back on the ocean surface. It will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats.
Image ID: 20437  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA
 
A female sea otter floats on its back on the ocean surface while her pup pops its head above the water for a look around.  Both otters will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats, Enhydra lutris, Morro Bay, California Add To Light Table Two sea otters float on their backs on the ocean surface.  Each will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats, Enhydra lutris, Morro Bay, California Add To Light Table Three sleeping sea otters float on their backs on the ocean surface.  Each has wrapped itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting, Enhydra lutris, Morro Bay, California Add To Light Table
A female sea otter floats on its back on the ocean surface while her pup pops its head above the water for a look around. Both otters will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats.
Image ID: 20438  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA
 
Two sea otters float on their backs on the ocean surface. Each will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats.
Image ID: 20439  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA
 
Three sleeping sea otters float on their backs on the ocean surface. Each has wrapped itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting.
Image ID: 20440  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA
 
Five sea otters float on their backs on the ocean surface.  Each will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats, Enhydra lutris, Morro Bay, California Add To Light Table A sea otter floats on its back on the ocean surface.  It will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats, Enhydra lutris, Morro Bay, California Add To Light Table A sea otter floats on its back on the ocean surface.  It will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats, Enhydra lutris, Morro Bay, California Add To Light Table
Five sea otters float on their backs on the ocean surface. Each will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats.
Image ID: 20441  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA
 
A sea otter floats on its back on the ocean surface. It will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats.
Image ID: 20442  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA
 
A sea otter floats on its back on the ocean surface. It will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats.
Image ID: 20443  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA
 


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