Sea otters at play in Monterey Bay, mostly pups, roughhousing in the mesh of their favorite kelp beds. Sea otters appear from the depths with a watery veneer. They pop up, draped in a reflective, liquid sheen — even more glossy in magic-hour light. The minute they shake off the water, the texture of their fur emerges.
There are ways to cut the glare a bit, including shooting under clouds with decent ambient light, with a CPL, or in post processing. In full sun, their fur glistens.
[Photographed from a pier and dock, at a distance, w/tele lens + teleconverter — no disturbance to the otters. Sea otters waste precious survival energy evading human intrusions. They are also a threatened species, so it’s critical to keep respectful distances and avoid disrupting their routines and their rest.]