In early December I traveled to Carmel then on to San Francisco to visit a photography exhibition of the work of photographer Evan Walker at the San Francisco Museum of Art. This route took me through Moss Landing, where Sea Otters can often be found frolicking in an inlet near the tiny town of Moss Landing. On prior visits I went to a platform just past Moss Landing that I thought would allow me to get close enough to photograph these wonderful creatures, but was always disappointed with the results: they were too far away. This time, I drove into and through Moss Landing (which maybe took one minute!) and found that I could actually get on the rocks right near where the funny little creatures fished for food and played. The timing, light-wise, was not the best but I was willing to give it a try anyway and it actually turned out that I had about an hour to photograph the little guys.
It is really difficult to get Sea Otters in an attractive position. They move constantly and many of the photos showed the Sea Otter looking more like a wet rat than anything else. Also, and I ask myself why this is but I have no answer, I did not set my camera properly for the best results. I did, however, manage to get a few good shots where the otter is looking pretty cute. I guess I’ll just have to plan another visit to try it again sometime soon!