Live Sea Otter Video
If you haven’t had the chance to visit Elkhorn Slough, check out real time otter antics here.
Sea otters help our ocean and near shore environments thrive. They are vital in maintaining a delicate balance in the ecosystem. Unfortunately, they are also endangered. Help us advocate for the preservation and success of threatened sea otter populations. Become a valued member of Friends of the Sea Otter and donate to our organization here. We are dedicated to preserving sea otter populations and cannot do this without your help.
Welcome to our live otter camera!
With counts exceeding 100 animals, Elkhorn Slough has the highest concentration of Southern sea otters on the California coast. It is in this estuary habitat that researchers have observed sea otter behavior not seen in other sea otter populations. The Elkhorn Slough Otter Cam (a joint program of Friends of the Sea Otter and ESNERR/ESF) allows the public to view sea otters in the sheltered channels of the Elkhorn Slough.
The Elkhorn Slough Otter Cam overlooks salt marsh and several tidal creeks that line the sides of the main channel. The Otter Cam is programmed to automatically focus on three different locations where otters have been observed. The otters in these areas tend to be female, and it appears this is a popular area for females with pups. As you watch, you may see these otters grooming themselves or their pups. You may also notice them resting in the water or in the pickleweed on the banks. The otters are most visible during high tides; however, if you are visiting during a time when the otters are out foraging (or perhaps when the camera is being used by one of our researchers), please enjoy some of the video highlights we’ve included on this page
Video Highlights from the Elkhorn Slough Otter Cam
Click Play All to watch a playlist of video highlights recorded directly from our otter cam.
The Elkhorn Slough Otter Cam is made possible through a partnership of:
Friends of the Sea Otter (FSO) — a not-for-profit advocacy group dedicated to maintaining, increasing, and broadening the current protection for and conservation of sea otters and their habitats.
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR)— managed by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW), ESNERR is one of 28 national reserves funded through a program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) — a community non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve and restore the Elkhorn Slough and its watershed.
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