Most people will agree that sea otters are pretty darn cute. This endangered marine mammal species has made an inspiring come-back from near-extinction, with a lot of help from marine conservationists and support from the public. California's sea otters have been ambassadors for the species, gaining fame from the Monterey Bay Aquarium down to Morro Bay. One special part of Monterey Bay boasts the highest concentration of wild sea otters anywhere along the coast. This is Elkhorn Slough, a quiet estuary where sea otters can gather to feed, rest, raise pups, and generally enjoy life. And because sea otters are spotted here daily, it makes it the perfect place to set up a camera for a live stream, so we can watch their cuteness constantly!
Seaotters.com, a site dedicated to education and conservation of sea otters, has just launched the world's first HD live video stream of California's sea otters. So yes, you can sit there and watch sea otters groom, play, fight, and be entertaining in general without even having to leave your living room (or your office chair). There are several camera angles so you can get a sense of the whole habitat in which the sea otters live.
Sea otters resting in a group, called a "raft," at Elkhorn Slough. (Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch)
You can also watch live from Facebook; just visit seaotters.com's Facebook page and click the Watch Live box, and tah dah! Sea otter cuteness.
Sea otters are not the only species you'll get to see. The slough is home to sea lions, harbor seals, and more than 200 bird species. So if you're a birder, you might want to watch so you can spot cormorants, pelicans, egrets, gulls, terns and more.
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