The Asian small-clawed otter is the smallest of all otters.  Native to the swamps and freshwater areas of southeast (wait for it) Asia, they are seriously threatened by habitat destruction, hunting and pollution. They have 12 different types of vocalization, and this guy was being quite chatty when I snapped his pic.

Like most of the animals at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the sea otters are rescued animals that can no longer survive in the wild.  They have always been my favorite exhibit at the aquarium. The good news about photographing sea otters at the aquarium is that you can get closer than in the wild.  The […]

As our day at Point Lobos was coming to an end, we saw this mother and child sea otters snuggled together in Whaler’s Cove.  Sea Otters hang out by kelp forests, snacking on sea urchins and sometimes wrapping themselves in kelp while sleeping to keep from drifting away.  Because the sea otters blend in so […]