Suzi Eszterhas, a 40-year-old wildlife photographer, recorded this wonderful scene. She shot the photo near Monterey Bay, California, where she frequently studies and photographs the local fauna. She has been photographing sea otters for more than 20 years and is well-versed in their behavior. ‘Most sea otter mothers are hesitant with their young, but this mother was used to being among humans and was very relaxed as she lovingly reared her pup in a bustling harbor.’ The dedicated mother otter devised a terrific technique to keep her newborn offspring warm and dry, as you can see in the photo. She took the baby out of the water and carried it on her stomach. She also blew warm air into the pup’s fur to gently groom it.
Eszterhas stood there watching as the mother tossed her infant into the water while searching for little animals beneath the surface. ‘She would swim up to the dock and leave her puppy floating on the water’s surface right in front of me as she foraged for food.’
When the two came closer to where Eszterhas was standing, she was taken aback. She did, however, try to be as quiet as possible so as not to startle them. She photographed them with a long telephoto lens without interfering with their activity.
‘She did it so frequently that it made me feel like a nanny.’ It was lovely, and it also demonstrated how sensitive and trusting wild creatures can be, according to Eszterhas.
This adoring mother otter devised the cutest method for keeping her pup warm and dry. To see the video, scroll down!