One of my besties went on this Safari at Elkhorn Slough as part of a birthday gift. She's an aspiring birder, but also managed to catch an ADORABLY cute picture of a sea otter. I immediately wanted to spot and capture (on 'film') a seriously adorable sea otter. Timing ended up working in our favor on my road trip, and we booked ourselves on a Sunday morning safari.
It was the best money I ever spent. Captain Yohn is one of those characters who is thoroughly enjoyable to hang around and listen to. He's a bit prickly in a charming way but has lots of facts and knowledge on hand, and he also has a naturalist on board to give us a history/science lesson while we're wildlife spotting. Plus he uses the kids and some adults to keep stats on wildlife for research purposes. It was a thoroughly enjoyable, albeit chilly, 2 hours spent in the slough. And worth every second. I can't wait to go back.
[Mom - sorry, there are bird pictures but they're really cool. Please look.]
But me, I was there for OTTERS. I took 1200 pictures (thank you 32 GB SD card). Luckily we got more than a few 'close' encounters with the second most cute and adorable creature on the planet (sorry, pandas still win):
Caught one chowing down:
This bird was hoping for scraps:
I cannot stand the cuteness:
We also saw these:
And a whole MASS of sea otters:
And a sea lion looking upside down:
Sea hares (bred for neuroscience research) used to breed here:
Sleeping harbor seals:
Awake harbor seals:
Don't mess with the brown pelican:
To see the rest of the 164 pictures, click here. Really - there are some really good close-ups of sea otters and other slough creatures in all their cuteness.
L - SO glad you recommended it and I MUST go back again!!