Hanging with mom shows a sea otter baby (pup) being carried on it’s moms chest/belly. Sea otters are unique to most mammals I photograph in that they can have babies at any time during the year, providing the opportunity to photograph babies at any time during the year. Pups are unable to swim for about the first two months of their life, so this is how their mom carries them, and uses her body as a form of crib for the pup to sleep as well.
There isn’t much cuter than a sea otter, other than maybe a sea otter pup. I photographed these guys during my 2015 trip to the Johnstone Strait aboard the Ocean Light II.
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Taken: August 12, 2015
Location: Johnstone Strait, British Columbia