Otters and Others at Elkhorn Slough

Yesterday my niece and I enjoyed a delightful tour with Elkhorn Slough Safari. We were given a very interesting journey around the slough, with informative commentary from the naturalist and the captain. If you are ever near Moss Landing, this tour is a couple of hours very well spent. You will see otters, sea lions, blue herons, and all sorts of ducks and birds.

You can kayak if you have strong arms, or take the safari and a long lens. My camera did not have a very long lens but even so, I managed to get a few good shots. Some people in kayaks were able to get closer to the birds and animals, but I think it must have been a tiring journey; one of them asked the safari captain if he could get a tow back to the harbor!

Here are some of my photos to give you a taste of this great day.

Harbor at Moss Landing


Sea lions in the harbor

Sea lions in the harbor

Cormorants on old pier posts

Raft of otters

Otter family

Otter and kayakers

Sea lions and pups sunbathing

Terns on posts

Blue Heron in flight

Blue Heron


Sea lions sunbathing

Otter with pup

Crab Pots

House finch at Phil’s Restaurant

Former antique store in Moss Landing



13 replies »

  1. What a marvelous day you had for this outing! I really enjoy the birds and otter. Did you get to eat at Phil’s? I love that place and enjoyed the drive several times back in my driving days.

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  2. I should say you got some WONDERFUL photos indeed! What a beautiful day to share with your niece — she really lucked out in the auntie department!

  3. Lovely post. Super photos.
    First time we visited Cape Town we went down to the harbour at dusk and saw several dark shapes among the moored boats. I thought they were divers working on the boats and only learned they were seals from a local the following morning!

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