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.