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Miss Royal is back
January 25, 2017
I last saw this otter on Dec. 20th, 2016. I call her Royal because she has a purple and a white tag. She has been cracking open muscle shells on the steel parts of the boat docks both times I saw her. I hear the knocking and go look. She is to the right side of the jetty where the boats for the Coast Guard and Monterey Fire and NOA dock. Usually I do not se otters feeding here at the early morning hours that i am at the jetty. The Coast Guard is always working and checking out the boats at that time, so there are people in that area which usually scares most of the otters off.
I will be watching her to see if she starts to look pregnant. I have not seen recent trauma to her nose which would indict that she had been mated. This could mean she has not or it could have been several months ago. Since it takes about 6 to 8 months gestation for a California sea otter, I will have to keep a look out for her. However, she does not seen to come by the jetty very often.