River Otters at Sunset

The fellow on the left must be the dominant Otter. The two others are waiting their turn for any scraps left over.
So as not to spook them ,I went up tide and shut the motor off after heading right for them. I didn’t move as I very gently drifted by them. I had to boost my ISO up to 1000 and that only gave me 1/200th wide open. I had my tele-converter on ,so my largest aperture was 5.6.
I did two passes.


When they are not preoccupied with trying to get something to eat,they are very watchful around themselves.These guys just couldn’t figure out what was going on with this strange looking object drifting by.(me)
The technique worked beautifully!

Branded California Sea Lion

I found this fellow up on Atleo Airs Plane float. He has been branded on his back. I could make out a “3” and” 6″. I wonder who would do that? I should check into this further. Maybe it’s a tracking number and some scientists would be interested in knowing of his location/time!

Harbour Seal

This little fellow popped up right in front of me. They are very curious creatures.
They are also called the Common seal and have the greatest range of all seals. They can grow up to 1.85 meters(6.1′) at 132 Kgs (290 lbs). The females live much longer than the males. The females range from 30-35 years ,while the males are 20-25 years. It’s estimated that there are between 400,000 to 500,000 world wide and the population is considered healthy in size.