the above picture is of a cormorant taking off. i love to watch these birds with their dense bones that allow them to dive up to 300 or more feet for fish. Great for the diving but makes them struggle and bump the bottoms along as the try to get in the air. All those little plops in the water are where they touch the water as they struggle to fly.
Truffles is the name given by my buddy, MB; who faithfully cleans up the coast guard jetty every morning or evening. She has two small vacuums, brooms, and other paraphernalia that she uses. She also has enough fishing line that she has picked up that she has made into a replica of a sea lion and is working on another. She is first line contact for any marine animals in distress and has worked tirelessly to try and keep the area safe for these animals and creatures. Truffles is a wonderful mother and my guess is that since she does not have a pup at the moment that she is currently pregnant and i can not wait to meet the new little one when it appears.
Otters do not have a specific time of the year when they mate or give birth. Many do get born in the spring but it is always worth watching to see what it happening with an otter with a pink nose. If a mother should lose a pup, then she would mate again and about six months later have a new pup. I believe we are still a couple of months before Truffles will pup but i will enjoy watching her and can only hope that i might catch the birth. That would be a first for me to see in person, but will be putting in lots of time watching and checking and just being flat out lucky to be at the right place at the right time.