Southern Sea Otters on the California Coast
Southern sea otter photos from the California coast — Moss Landing, Monterey, and Morro Bay
ETHICAL WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY: As a rule, my images are shot from a respectful distance with a telephoto lens. My aim is to minimize disturbance as much as possible, and put the well-being of the animal above the acquisition of any photo. You can read my full field ethics statement here. All of these images were photographed from the shore, paying attention to signs of stress in the otters. I’ve become more educated on these issues over the years, and appreciate the wealth of information provided by Sea Otter Savvy on this subject.
Please Observe Strict Ethics with Sea Otters
If you come across California sea otters and are lucky enough to watch or photograph them, please observe the most stringent cautions about not disturbing them. Human disruption causes significant problems for sea otters. Take the time to read these guidelines from a great organization — about respecting the space and needs of sea otters: Be Sea Otter Savvy
A sea otter mother in California’s Moss Landing, sharing shellfish with her growing pup
Southern sea otter grooming in the harbor at Moss Landing, California