Monday, February 27, 2012

Moss Landing

We recently visited with friends in Santa Cruz, California.  When we're in that part of the state I can't pass up a visit with the sea otters at Moss Landing.
Most of them group together in a "raft", they just lounge around, napping.
Some drift of to groom or chew on their toes.
Others go off for a swim. Dog paddle?
Sea otters weren't the only aquatic mammals, lots of noisy sea lions were piled on the pier.
Surf Scoters
There were plenty of birds floating in the marina.
Loon
Marbled Godwits
A Brown Pelican flew by and just behind him in the water is a grebe.
Moss Landing is well worth a stop if your ever around Monterey Bay.  If you find yourself in need of some seafood, Phil's Fish Market and Eatery in Moss Landing is a local institution.

This is my view of our world for the week, to see other views visit Our World, Tuesday, hosted for us by Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia and Sandy.

You'll find the otters here.
Phil's is here.

15 comments:

Sylvia K said...

I love it! Haven't been there in years, but always wanted to return! Love your photos for the day, Martha! The otters and all the other critters are delightful!! Enjoy your day!

Sylvia

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Can't recall when I was last there. Should revisit Moss landing. What a diversity of coastal life.

Adam Tilt said...

Brilliant Otters Martha. That Surf Scoter is a stunner as well.

Mama Zen said...

I just love otters!

Indrani said...

Wow! The variety! Fantastic shots!

Gaelyn said...

Those sea otters are So cute. Always liked hanging around Santa Cruz.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - sea otter are an animal I have always wanted to see - I can understand why you could not pass them up!

Cheers - Stewart M

zeal4adventure.com said...

Fascinating captures of the sea birds. I love otters... they are just too cute!!!

Gary said...

Just love those Otters and Lions!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Denise said...

Great photos. One of the many things I loved when we were in California, was visiting with the sea lions and sea otters, not to mention all the birds we don't get to see here.

W. Latane Barton said...

Those little critters have such cute personalities.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

The biodiversity in this area is spectacular! Great post.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Exactly the kind of place where like to hang out!

Joan said...

Love your photos!
My husband's cousin and her family lived on a boat that was docked there for about 4 years. Six kids! They had a great time though. Close corters, but they loved every minute. It was always fun to go visit them.

Janie said...

Great photos of the sea otters and of the sea birds, too!