[Tweeters] off topic: sea otter near Anacortes

Jeff Borsecnik jeffborsecnik at msn.com
Wed Jul 13 21:17:00 PDT 2022

We are pretty sure, and we have a good pic. Thanks. (We have seen the river otters elsewhere in the San Juans.)
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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] off topic: sea otter near Anacortes

Was it definitely a sea otter or perhaps a river otter in the sea (much more common around here)? If it was a positive ID for a sea otter (esp if you have pics), WA Fish and Wildlife would like to know (via their reporting form: https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/species/enhydra-lutris-kenyoni)

River otters spend a lot of time in the saltwater of the Salish Sea. They tend to swim face down whereas Sea Otters float on the backs.


On Jul 13, 2022, at 1:47 PM, Jeff Borsecnik <JeffBorsecnik at msn.com<mailto:JeffBorsecnik at msn.com>> wrote:

We saw a sea otter Sunday evening, not far from Anacortes, at Bird Rocks. I was under the misimpression that there were no sea otters in the area. From the little I've read, it sounds like they are making a comeback in this area but are mostly found around the Olympic coast. It was interesting to see one pretty close to town, in Rosario Strait. Have others seen them around?
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