Secret Sea Otter Site

Sea Otter

True, it’s not a secret. Nothing really is anymore thanks to people like us who blab about everything we find on the internets. But if you’re looking for an up-close encounter with wild and endangered sea otters you may not find a better location than Moss Landing, California.

We never figured out what attracts them here. It’s certainly not the kind of quiet and pristine environment in which we found these reclusive marine mammals twice before (once in Big Sur and again in Point Lobos).

The murky canals and bustling harbor of Moss Landing don’t seem like optimal otter living conditions, but then what do I know about the comforts of sea otters? Maybe they enjoy an “all you can eat” buffet of fishing boat scraps. People have certainly settled places for lesser reasons.

Moss Landing California

Strange place for a sea otter.

Whatever draws them, it does so in large enough numbers that visitors have a reasonably good chance of actually spotting one; something that can’t be said for elsewhere on the coast. More than that, the otters who frequent these waters are a bit more acclimated to human activity and don’t dive under the waves and disappear at the first sight of people. Only in an aquarium are you likely to get a closer look.

This “secret” otter hideout is as easy to find as it is to drive right past. It’s a simple left turn onto Moss Landing Road off Highway One, about midway between Montery and Santa Cruz. I’d say “you can’t miss it” but, if you’re as good with directions as we are, you probably can. We’ve marked the location on the map below, but it still might work best if you plug it into your GPS . . . 36.8044° N, 121.7858° W.

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7 Comments on “Secret Sea Otter Site”

  1. BulanLifestyle May 22, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Sea otters are the cutest! They used to sneak into my parents garden and roll around in the grass and swim in the pool in the middle of the night

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  2. digger666 May 22, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    Reblogged this on digger666.

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  3. Toi Mcdaniel May 22, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    I like how you add the sea otter face on the map! Cute!

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  4. Animalcouriers May 22, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Lucky things – we’d love to see them in the ‘wild’.

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  5. Rachael May 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    And Moss Landing is exactly where I enjoyed my first ever sea otter sighting. 🙂

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  6. judlaw May 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    What a great opportunity to get up close and personal. 🙂 We’ll have to check it out if we ever get that way.

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  7. janalinesmalman May 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    You got a lovely photo of him!!

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