Earlier this month, I accompanied my wife, daughter, and granddaughter on a wildlife boat tour of Kachemak Bay, Alaska. We headed out from Homer in the morning, landed in Seldovia for lunch, and returned to Homer in the late afternoon. It was a dreary overcast day, so the lighting was less than I had hoped for.
On the way to Seldovia, occasionally a few sea otters allowed the boat to approach close enough to be photographed. This pair is probably a mother and pup, but the pup seems almost as large as the mother. Apparently it is no longer able to fit on her chest like those seen in typical mother-pup otter photos.
Canon EOS 7D (483mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO500)
A little later on our route, the sun broke through for a very short period. That was enough to light up this pair of swimming otters.
Canon EOS 7D (400mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO250)
Canon EOS 7D (350mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO250)
In the early afternoon, we left Kachemak Bay, entered the much smaller Seldovia Bay, and docked at the small boat harbor in the city of Seldovia. My family and I disembarked to find a restaurant for lunch. The photo below shows our boat, the Rainbow Connection, docked in the harbor with part of Seldovia Bay in the background.
Canon EOS REBEL SL1 (16mm, f/10, 1/160 sec, ISO100)
While dining al fresco at our restaurant overlooking the bay, we noticed a sea otter swimming in the water in the foreground of the above photo. It was moving from the left to the right across the entire harbor, mostly on its back. In the first photo below, it seems to be eating something held in its paws.
Canon EOS 7D (500mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO640)
Occasionally, the otter would roll to it side, exposing two lower canine teeth. If you look carefully, you can see one of its upper canines as well.
Canon EOS 7D (500mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO800)
We were told this otter is a male that occasionally goes out into the bay and brings females into the harbor for a visit. I don’t know how believable that tale is, but he was indeed heading toward the bay in these photos.
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