California sea otter camped out on beach

by on January 11, 2012

Sea otters spend most of their lives in the water, but come on shore to rest. This one probably spent a long morning foraging for food, likely their favorite prey — sea urchins. Sea otters are the smallest marine mammal and a threatened species. There are about 2,700 left on the California coast, so it’s a real treat to come across one.