Photo: Private Tour of Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing
The sweetest thing! From our trip in Moss Landing a few weeks ago.
* Ummm, don’t they need sunglasses??? The California sun is so bright all the time…
Body: Sea otters have long flat tails and since the majority of their time is spent in the water, webbed hind feet which are perfect for swimming. Retractable claws on a sea otter’s front paws allow the sea otter to grab food. Sea otters have round heads, small eyes, and visible ears.
Habitat: Sea otters are coastal, shallow water dwellers. Their habitat consists of two areas in these waters- the ocean floor where they find their food, and the ocean surface where they eat, groom, rest and social interactions occur.
Food Habits: Sea otters mainly eat benthic invertebrates such as clams, mussels, urchins, crabs, and fish. They must dive to capture their food, sometimes up to 250 feet. Sea otters also use “tools” such as a rock to open their hard-shelled prey. Adult sea otters can eat 25 to 30 percent of their body weight per day in order to stay warm. Feeding is a very important activity for sea otters, and occurs mainly in the morning and afternoon.
Please contribute to the California Sea Otter Fund when filing your California Resident Income Tax Return for 2011 (Form 540)! The Fund supports researchers and federal and state agencies working to understand what’s threatening sea otters and to find ways to help them recover. Learn more!