Animals


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Dec 16

A Look Back—Blue Parrot

Photograph of a blue parrotBlues In The Park is a longtime Seaside tradition. Blues concerts take place in Laguna Grande Park on Sunday afternoons during several weeks in the summer. At one of these events, a gentleman brought several parrots that he shared with other attendees. He placed them on outstretched hands or shoulders. The birds delighted children and adults. I liked the detail in the feathers on this particular shot. August 14, 2005.


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May 16

New Mexico—Carson Forest Snowstorm

Photograph of a truck, horses and ranch buildings in a snowstorm in the Carson Forest, New MexicoWe planned a trip to Chama, New Mexico, along highway 64. Rain, however, quickly turned into snow, and, soon, the road disappeared completely. We turned back shortly after we passed this isolated ranch.


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Aug 15

Moss Landing Southern Sea Otters–10

Photograph of a Southern Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris nereis, at Moss Landing, CaliforniaThe final post in this series of photographs of southern sea otters taken at Moss Landing California.


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Jul 15

Moss Landing Southern Sea Otters–09

Photograph of a Southern Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris nereis, at Moss Landing, CaliforniaAnother post in this series of photographs of southern sea otters taken at Moss Landing, California.


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Jul 15

Moss Landing Southern Sea Otters–08

Photograph of a Southern Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris nereis, at Moss Landing, CaliforniaAnother “portrait” of a southern sea otter at the harbor near Moss Landing State Beach.


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Jul 15

Moss Landing Southern Sea Otters–Baby Harbor Seal

Photograph of a wounded baby Harbor Seal, Phoca vitulina, at Moss Landing, CaliforniaThis is the baby Harbor Seal attacked by a southern sea otter described in the previous post. It had become separated from the other seals and approached a female otter protective of its pup. The encounter lasted only a second or two.


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Jul 15

Moss Landing Southern Sea Otters–07

otters_07Otters are popular because they are playful and appear to be cuddly and friendly. However, they are wild animals and their teeth are very sharp. I witnessed a protective female with a young pup attack an approaching baby harbor seal. The young seal was badly injured.


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Jun 15

Moss Landing Southern Sea Otters–06

Photograph of a Southern Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris nereis, at Moss Landing, CaliforniaOtters are one of the few animals that use tools. They often use rocks to break open prey such as crabs or clams. I watched this otter repeatedly break open shells on rocks in shallow water along Jetty Road.


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Jun 15

Moss Landing Southern Sea Otters–05

Photograph of a Southern Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris nereis, at Moss Landing, CaliforniaOtters eat clams, mussels, sea urchins, abalone, oysters, squid, crab and other small marine species. They need to eat 25 to 30% of their body weight in food each day! If you watch them for any length of time, you see they are always in motion if they aren’t sleeping.


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May 15

Moss Landing Southern Sea Otters–04

otters_04The sea otters were hunted nearly to extinction by the 1900s. By the time the International Fur Seal Treaty banned hunting of fur seals and sea otters in 1911, there were less than 2000 otters left. The Endangered Species Act listed southern sea otters as “threatened” in 1977. The Moss Landing harbor area and the adjacent Elkhorn Slough host about 5% of California’s population of southern sea otters.