|A relaxed resident of Elkhorn Slough studies passersby (Click on photos to enlarge)|
the “Other Season,” and it’s easy to make that case with generally mild winter weather,
beautiful scenery and some of the best wildlife viewing anywhere in California. But on my
most recent trip to Monterey County, I noticed that the entertainment worked
both ways – while kayakers were watching sea otters and harbor seals in Elkhorn
Slough, those critters were gawking at us too.
might be my No. 1 choice for a paddling trip….
Which sort of complicates things, marine mammal protection-wise. Sea otters are classified as a threatened species and protected by law. Simply put, humans should always keep their distance, especially during the pupping season in late winter and early spring. (All photos with this blog post were taken with a telephoto lens.)