otter off La Jolla

figbeetle

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Fished La Jolla today, not as many birds and bait as last weekend, swell a bit up. Son caught and released a 50 lb BSB in 80 ft of water. On way in came across a sea otter!!! Sorry that the pics aren't that good, my phone camera sucks. I'm 100% positive on the id. It swam on its back for awhile and I could see the whitish hairs around its face, and its front paws. It was small and had fur like an otter. Way cool The DFG woman and the ramp thought the pics were like that of a Loch Ness otter. Again I am absolutely positive on the id.

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reel man

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Fished La Jolla today, not as many birds and bait as last weekend, swell a bit up. Son caught and released a 50 lb BSB in 80 ft of water. On way in came across a sea otter!!! Sorry that the pics aren't that good, my phone camera sucks. I'm 100% positive on the id. It swam on its back for awhile and I could see the whitish hairs around its face, and its front paws. It was small and had fur like an otter. Way cool The DFG woman and the ramp thought the pics were like that of a Loch Ness otter. Again I am absolutely positive on the id.

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If, in fact, it is an ocean otter then some animal hugger dropped it in the area because there hasn't been any migration this far south. Last time an attempt to establish a colony was at San Nicholas island, and they didn't stick.
 
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GRUMPKILLER

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That's pretty cool! Last I heard they were some spotted by Santa Barbara but not this far south!! Hopefully it survives!!
 
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BiggestT

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If, in fact, it is an ocean otter then some animal hugger dropped it in the area because there hasn't been any migration this far south. Last time an attempt to establish a colony was at San Nicholas island, and they didn't stick.

Actually, an otter has been been seen off Laguna and there have been a number of SoCal sightings the past couple years.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/otter-708875-otters-area.html


The red abalone has been making a massive comeback, just ask any diver. With abalone in place, their chief consumers are soon to follow.
 
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makairaa

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They have ventured south of pt conception quite a few times. The difference now is the feds no longer capture them and move them back north. The feds changed their management policies about 5 years ago I believe. This is why sightings south are becoming more common. If the abs are coming back that just means they will stick around.
 
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crabdancer

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Nice. Those things were thick in Santa Cruz. I saw one in tight at Salta Verde a couple years ago.

I was fishing the SC short break wall one morning just to get out of the house and an otter showed up and did work on all sorts of crabs and mollusks right at my feet. That thing went crazy. I lost count of how many critters it ate but I saw some new ones and I had a new respect for work ethic after. When it was done it just left and scooted down toward Pleasures.
 
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Bottom Line

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I have seen 3 sea otters in my lifetime off San Diego - Last one was about 5 years ago. I am absolutely positive on a correct ID.
 
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Rabid Fish

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That's pretty cool! Last I heard they were some spotted by Santa Barbara but not this far south!! Hopefully it survives!!

Those things are voracious shellfish eaters. Having a colony of otters there would decimate the local green abalone and lobster populations. They're cute, but the central coast can keep 'em!

Most likely just a one-off though. Hopefully...
 
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GRUMPKILLER

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Those things are voracious shellfish eaters. Having a colony of otters there would decimate the local green abalone and lobster populations. They're cute, but the central coast can keep 'em!
Come on! How veraciuos can a few otters be? Not as veraciuos as the hundreds of hoopers that are out there every season I bet! Not to mention the sealions!!
 
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Blackfish

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BiggestT beat me to it. Just saw a story about the one off Laguna (Crystal Cove) a few days ago.


The MLPA is working :D

 
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They are about as voracious as your cute, furry-nosed sealions.....and almost as prolific when it comes to breeding.

Which must explain why we're up to our elbows in sea otters around here! Glad we got a marine life expert's input there! Or not.
 
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Pgnracr

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Three live off San Onofre. One has the San Nicolas collar !! Documented and being watch by some conservation survey group. Talked to a boat monitoring them. Great report!!
 
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charliecat

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Nice. Those things were thick in Santa Cruz. I saw one in tight at Salta Verde a couple years ago.

Yeah, I saw one there twice in the last month or two, and was tripping out, but I had a buddy with me who saw it and confirmed also.
 
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