Truffles pup is now determined to be a male. I had thought that was what sex he was but now verification from experts is a nice thing. This little guy is going to be called Rover. He is continually swimming away from Mom when he is supposed to stay close and she has to go get him. This morning I watched as he wandered away while Mom was diving. Before Mom surfaced, Rover dove. Mom was frantic and began calling for the pup. I have never seen a Mom do that before. Usually it is the pup that starts calling when Mom seems to be down too long. So funny. The pup eventually came up but never did answer Mom.
Truffle was originally named because the scar on her nose was in the shape of a mushroom. Still looks a little like it if you know that is her name. However, the mating since her first pup has caused further scarring of her nose and it no longer looks quiet like the mushroom that it used to, at least according to the person that named her. I probably saw her but did not know as much about otters as much as I do now.
While this pup is able to dive on his now and will bring up food. He is still not above handouts from Mom. Plus he is still able to nurse although i have not seen him nurse in the last week or so. But i also have not seen them grooming or sleeping either. They have been busy hunting and feeding in the morning i have seen them.
I have no idea what the pup is eating i this picture. And the Mom seems to be eating a sand dollar in the picture a couple up. I had read that they usually only eat sand dollars when there is not a lot of food. But there were 11 different otters (3 were pups) feeding in and around the left side of that jetty this morning. Lots of crabs and muscles, so maybe Mom just likes something different every now and then.