Elkhorn Slough Otter

Began to swim again
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A closeup of the otter as it tilted its head back and began to swim again.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:03:30 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100330_7589TNT
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Swimming nose back
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This otter was swimming backward with its nose leaned back in the direction of travel.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:03:22 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100322_2800BCX
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Grooming self
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Otters groom themselves to clean food off and to force bubbles into their coats as an aid to bouyancy.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:03:24 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100324_7586TNT
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Wider shot
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A wider shot of the same otter grooming itself.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:03:26 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100326_2801BCX
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Closeup of the head
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A closeup of the otter's head with its eyes shut.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:03:26 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100326_7587TNT
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The eyes open
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A closeup of the otter's head as its eyes began to open.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:03:28 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100328_7588BCX
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Floating face up
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An otter floats face up to groom and to eat. This particular otter was doing neither at the moment.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:02:30 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100230_7583TNT
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Swimming away
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Wide shot of the same otter swimming away.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:03:32 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100332_2803BCX
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Swimming away close up
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Close up of the same otter swimming away.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:03:32 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100332_7590TNT
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Faced forward
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The otter rotated (rolled) its head to face forward.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:03:34 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100334_7591TNT
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Face up again
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A wide shot of the same otter seconds later face up again.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:03:36 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100336_2804BCX
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Rolled under water
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The otter rolled completely over to become mostly under water.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:03:50 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100350_7592TNT
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Otter surfaced again
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The otter surfaced again with eyes shut.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:03:50 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100350_7593TNT
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Curled with feet touching face
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This otter surfaced with its tail touching its face.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:03:52 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100352_7594TNT
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Amid a swirl of water
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The otter surfaced amid a swirl of water.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:03:54 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100354_7594TNT
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Submerged again
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The otter submerged again as part of a leisurly roll.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:04:02 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100402_7596TNT
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Gooming again
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On its back and grooming itself again.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:04:32 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100432_2807BCX
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Off away again
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The otter departed by swimming away and diving.


Elkhorn Slough Otter   •  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 20 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:04:36 Friday 12 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #100436_7597TNT
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