April 8, 2022

APR 8, mammalian wildlife: resurgent sea otters

 Elkhorn Slough, at Moss Landing CA, an inlet of Monterey Bay, has become, with protective measures enforced, a bathtub for once-endangered sea otters. If you are lucky enough to visit in April, as we were, you may get to see the pups being toured about by their moms.  Attention is drawn to these gentle marine mammals, seemingly at play, as viewed from our rental kayak. If you prefer, there is a larger tour-boat. Other species of wildlife now abound in and near the waters and in the pastoral setting  of the adjacent uplands, the latter having been developed a century ago for dairy farming. The fishing port of Moss Landing is still the site of a power plant that has dominated the skyline for decades, but is currently being partly dismantled.











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Elkhorn Slough is teeming with sea otters
 


terns on poles in the Slough


harbor seals find this a good place to nap



view over the Elkhorn Slough
from the National Estuarine Research Reserve 



touring the uplands on an informative guided walk 


banner at the Elkhorn Reserve














California poppies




The author with fishing buddies at the entrance
 to an incredible seafood restaurant
 



 the beach at the local State Park,
only a few feet from the restaurant


You can review the whole collection of illustrated verses about mammals (both domestic and exotic) by checking out the more extensive post on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE !

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