Monterey is a few hours south of us and home to an amazing aquarium.
We kayaked outside the aquarium in the Monterey Bay. I was hoping to see a sea otter or two. We saw dozens. There were harbor seals and sea lions. It was an amazing experience. I'm currently using the photos I took to inspire some clipart.
We kayaked twice that weekend and both times we were followed by a harbor seal. We though this one was going to get up in our kayak. They say to stay away from the animals, but I don't think the harbor seals got that memo.
Harbor Seals resting on some rocks near Cannery Row
Kelp forest from above
It took me a moment to realize this was two sea otters. They were sleeping. One has her head on the other's chest.
"Sea otters hold hands while they sleep so they won't drift apart."
This sea lion was posing on a buoy for us. Thankfully no sea lions were following us, they are so huge and made me a bit nervous.
This video has a couple of clips of our trip- including a clip of the harbor seal bumping our kayak gently and a moment when we were surrounded by dozens of sea otters swimming around.
I love the ocean and all the creatures and adventures it holds. Soon, you'll see how the ocean has inspired my classroom this year. Well, those of you following me on Instagram have some pretty good glimpses.
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