Sea otters (Enhydra lutris) are rare in the Bodega Bay area, so I stopped to take a few pictures:
The otter was resting while floating on its back:
Eventually it swam (with a corkscrew motion) further from shore. Here's a picture with the Spud Point Marina in the background:
This is the third sea otter I've seen in the Bodega Bay region (during the past 12 years). The first was near the harbor entrance in December 2006; and the second was found dead (from a shark attack) on Salmon Creek Beach in September 2011. [We also heard about one photographed from a sailboat in Bodega Bay in April 2015.]
Who knows if sea otters will ever become established in this area again, but for now it's always fun to see them whenever they wander this way.