Sea otters put the capital ‘C’ into Cute.
These male sea otters were seen resting in kelp beds near Sitka, Alaska. Males tend to remain with males while female sea otters form groups with their pups.
Male sea otters in the kelp
We crept up toward the fellows in a small boat while they groomed, yawned, rolled over or readjusted themselves. Sea otters anchor themselves in kelp to keep themselves from drifting away while they sleep. Huge rafts of sea otters can often be spotted in kelp beds in SE Alaskan waters.
Sporting very little fat on their lean bodies, sea otters’ dense fur consists of a long outer coat and a thick undercoat that traps oxygen to keep them warm, dry and perfectly insulated from cold ocean temperatures. It is estimated that sea otter pelts range from 850,000 to 1,000,000 hairs per square inch! Recognizing the value of such silky, warm dense pelts, white hunters nearly exterminated sea otters in distant times. Fortunately sea otters have made a good comeback in Alaskan waters from nearly decimated stock.
In Alaska, big male sea otters tend to weigh in c.
100 pounds (45 kg) while females are a bit smaller.
Ocean island waterways near Sitka, Alaska, USA
Canon 40D, Canon 100-400mm lens, shutter 1/800, f/10.0, exposure bias -0.33, ISO 400.
August 7, 2009
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