Then this beautiful male sea otter pops up. I have seen him before. And while he is not tagged, the way he rises his body up out of the water every time after he eats and is getting ready to dive, is something only he does. I have seen others peeking up to see things better from time to time. But this guy does it every single time before he dives as well as any other time that he wants to check out something. A big plane even flew over and I swear he looked up overhead when it made the noise at takeoff.
And just like i had hoped to see, he was eating purple sea urchin and abalone. I counted two abalone and 15 sea urchins in the 30 minutes to an hour that i was able to stay and watch him. Thank you Sam Elliot (all the white fur and of course the mustache).