HD Live webcam focused on wild sea otters at the tidal salt marsh at Elkhorn Slough, Monterey Bay, California. The camera is located at the mouth of the slough which is a favourite spot where the otters like to congregate and play.
The sea otter is able to live its entire life without leaving the water. It has the densest fur of any animal on earth and unlike other marine mammals it does not have blubber to insulate against the cold. For this reason, the sea otter is obsessive with keeping its fur clean and spends a huge amount of time grooming.
Sea otters have an important role in their environment as they devour sea urchins. If the sea urchin population is left unchecked they will damage the kelp forests which provide food and cover for other marine creatures. As well as urchins, a sea otter's diet consists mainly of slow-moving fishes and marine invertebrates like crabs, abalones, clams, mussels, and snails. The sea otter is one of the few mammal species on Earth able to use a tool and it will use rocks to break and open shells to eat the insides.