Sea Otter mother holds up newborn pup
Wild Sea Otters spend most their life in the water. The newborn pups are held on top of their mothers to keep out of the freezing water. This Sea Otter mum has made her home on some docks but still lies with the pup on top of her mimicking her wild relatives.
Pup sleeps on mother's belly
Sea Otter mothers are very protective of their pups and rarely let them out of their sight. Here the mother enjoys a rare peaceful moment when the pup falls asleep on her belly.
Sea Otter pup rests on dock
During the pup's early life, she is left by her mother in a safe place whist she hunts beneath in the water for food. She returns quickly to the dock to check on her pup and to feed her.
Sea Otters mating
Sea Otter mating is often a rough affair. Males have many female partners however temporary bonding happens for a few days whilst the female is in heat. Mating takes place in the water and can be rough with the male biting the female on the muzzle. This often leaves scars on the nose and sometimes involves holding her head under water.
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