So this is a female otter that i have not seen before that i am aware of at least. No pup and if she is pregnant, it is not obvious enough for me to make that statement. The coast guard service members were not out on the boats working this morning and so she was taking advantage and looking for muscles next to their boats. I probably would not have noticed her if she had not been beating the muscles against the metal fixtures of the dock instead of having to get a rock. Anytime i hear that pounding sound, my heart does a little dance because I know an otter is nearby. She would go back under the walkway along the boats and then look for muscles along the side of the individual slots. Then she would come back to the metal and pound away and eat right there. Sometimes she would decide the big rocks along the jetty right there were better suited for the job. That is what she is doing in this picture.
She was the only one that i saw this morning except for a couple way out in the kelp behind the chart house restaurant and that area. But that is not unusual from i have observed. I will see the same one in the same area for awhile and then they seem to move to another area to feed and forage. And at some point, they will come back around.
But it is very hard not to be down on the dock each morning, even when the temps have been in the low forty's and high 30's like lately. Too much cuteness to miss if I don't have too.