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Sea Otters #3

Sea Otters #3

Southern Sea Otters (Enhydra lutris nereis).  A young otter is seen here with its mother.  These playful critters were hunted for their fur, but now their populations are recovering.  They have not yet returned to the North Coast and are still listed as a threatened species.  Current threats include oil spills and entanglement in fishing nets.  Morro Bay, CA.
 

Canon EOS 1V camera and 600 f/4 L IS lens with a 1.4x teleconverter on a Gitzo tripod with Wimberly head.  Fuji Velvia 100 film,  1/350 sec at f/8.