** Photographed from a distance, from a pier, w/tele lens and care to not disturb the otter. **
This otter in Monterey Bay was alternately dozing and grooming, while swaddling herself in kelp. I say “herself” because she has the telltale nose scar that female otters incur during mating. I always feel for the females, suffering these painful wounds from male otters who bite the sides of their face or nose.