My first sighting of sea otters was rather different than I expected. First of all they were huge! I’ve seen river otters before but this was a whole different weight class. A head to head encounter in water could be an eyebrow raising experience.
I also expected to see constant motion with adept swimming and slick fishing. It might have been happening under water somewhere but not where I could see. All I saw was napping, a little grooming and a lot more napping. I suppose that makes sense with an animal that has fuzzy feet with built in slippers.
The more I thought about it, the more I loved their attitude. They all acted like they had no worries and no responsibilities as they floated around on their back with water flowing gently over their stomachs. Underneath that calm demeanor belied the fact they must consume 25% of their ample body weight in food each day.
I might not be stressed about eating the first 5 or 10% of my body weight – it might even be fun. But I if I had to hunt down and catch all my desserts, I think I would act a lot more stressed the rest of the day.
As it was, they just made me relaxed about my responsibilities and more than a little sleepy. It must be time for my best sea otter imitation.