River Otters live in the Estero Americano. On my recent visit I saw six of them—five in one group and a solo Otter near Whale’s Tail. This one appeared to have caught a fish.
Four other otters were nearby. It wasn’t long before they saw me.
When they became aware of me they swam across the estuary to the opposite shore.
As I had noticed before on Tomales Bay, the otters swam toward the sun so that soon I was seeing their shadowed side.
Looking into the sun makes it harder to see and photograph them. I do not know if they swim toward the sun instinctively or whether they know that this behavior makes them harder to see. Perhaps it had simply been a coincidence that their “escape” from my attention in both cases required them to swim toward the sun.
One of them popped up to have a good look at me.
I think they eventually decided I was taking too much interest in their activities. One by one each of them climbed out of the water into some shoreline shrubbery, and disappeared.