From our base in Lincoln City, Oregon, we headed south to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, a world-class marine educational attraction nestled on beautiful Yaquina Bay in Newport.
Anyway…, from the acquariums web page: “You are looking at the largest population of sea otters in the state of Oregon. This species was hunted to extinction in the Oregon wild over a century ago, with the last known individual being killed just off the Newport Beach in 1907.
“Today, this marine mammal is the focus of many different conservation and recovery efforts, particularly in California and Alaska” (aquarium.org).
Around some of the nearby rock formations were similar viewing areas for the aquarium’s sea lions and seals.
In the water, however, seals are quick and graceful.