Check out the little guys! A sea otter pup and a grey whale calf!
We had a spectacular day on the water in Tofino today. Along with spending time with CSG199 and her calf, our 3pm zodiac tour had this mom and pup sea otter duo swim past the boat.
Grey whales are born at around 680kg - that's the equivalent of around 25 adult sea otters! Despite their obvious differences, there are similarities between a grey whale mother and calf relationship and a sea otter mother and pup relationship.
Both youngsters will be relying on mom for food right now. The mothers produce milk for their offspring. Both the calf and the pup can become independent from 8 months of age. It's vital that they soak up as much knowledge as they can in those 8 months. Both will grow rapidly, but are most vulnerable to predation while they are smaller. The pup and the calf will stick close to their respective parent over the next few weeks as they develop, as the protection provided by their mothers is what will help them to survive. ...