A sea otter that apparently shares an intimate moment with a tiny shark left everyone baffled.
The moment was caught on camera by wildlife photographers Don Henderson and Alice Cahill off Californian coast. As the incredible photos show, the sea other gives the tiny shark a big hug. But marine experts are unsure it was an embrace, or the otter were was trying to have its meal. Nonetheless, the moment is astonishing!
Though during their feeding sea otters dive and bring marine creature above the water to better enjoy their meals, this is the first time ever an otter is bringing a shark on the surface of the water, because – as it was known – shark are not part of these furry mammals’ menu. That’s makes the moment even more intrigued.
“If you watch sea otters long enough you will see a reasonable sample of bottom-dwelling sea life brought to the surface out of hunger or curiosity,” Sea Otter Savvy, which initially shared the snaps, wrote. “We are not sure which was the case here but these ‘jaw-dropping’ images are the first known record of a ‘foraging-like’ interaction between a sea otter and this creature.”
While the otter’s true intentions regarding this little shark, might never be known, the pair eventually parted their ways after a few moments of cuddling!
“To my knowledge (and a group of colleagues), this is the first documented horn shark capture by a sea otter,” Michael D. Harris of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said. “There are reports of sea otters capturing skates and rays, but this is the first report of a shark. Sea otters will feed on fish, but it’s a very rare observation in California…but it is really is hard to say what the otter was doing with it.”