The sea otter, who appears to be spending intimate moments with the little shark, confuses everyone. This moment was captured by wildlife photographers Don Henderson and Alice Cahill from the Californian coast. As you can see in the amazing photo, the marine environment is cuddling the little shark. But ocean experts aren’t sure if it’s a hug or if the otter is trying to have its meal. Still, the moments are great!
Sea otters dive in while eating, take sea animals above the water and enjoy their meals more, but this is the first time sea otters have brought sharks to the surface, because- as is well known, sharks are not part of these furry mammals’ menu. It makes the moment even more attractive.
Sea Otter Savvy, who shared the original image, wrote: “Observe sea otters long enough to see rational specimens of bottom-dwelling marine life that have risen to the surface from hunger or curiosity.” “I’m not sure exactly what happened here, but this ‘amazing’ image is the first known record of an interaction between a sea otter and this creature.”
The otter’s true intentions regarding this little shark may never be revealed, but the two eventually separated after the moment they hugged!
“As far as I know (and a group of colleagues), this is the first recorded capture of a horn shark by a sea otter,” said Michael D. Harris of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. “There are reports of sea otters catching skates and rays, which is the first report of a shark. Sea otters eat fish, which is a very rare sight in California … but what did sea otter do with it? It’s really hard to know. “