Otter Mom communicates with admiring humans

November 2, Robert Grace

Walking back to the car after our Whalers Cabin shift, a small crowd of guests were commenting on something in the kelp 20 feet or so off shore - "It's a log.  No, it's an otter!  What is that it is eating?"  I returned with my camera and telephoto lens.  "It's not eating, it's a Mom feeding her baby."  Lots of "ohs" and "ahs" from the appropriately excited guests.

I know we should not anthropomorphize other animal behavior, but at this point Mom sent a clear message - "Please be quiet, your noise might disturb my baby!"  Our guests hushed themselves without me saying a word, and Mom returned to sharing a maternal moment with the admiring humans.