Terry Richard's blog, Travels with Terry (http://blog.oregonlive.com/terryrichard) ran an interesting item last Friday. It seems there's a rare sea otter frolicking around at Depoe Bay, easily visible from the sea wall.
"A federally protected endangered species, sea otters went extinct off the Oregon coast in 1906 when the last one was confirmed killed," the blog post says.
"A reintroduction attempt failed in the early 1970s. Since then, solo sea otters have been confirmed at Yaquina Head in the 1990s and at Cape Arago in February 2003.
"The latest sea otter (pictured) was photographed ... in the Depoe Bay Harbor, looking down from the U.S. 101 bridge, by Morris Grover, manager of the Oregon State Park's Whale Watching Center at Depoe Bay."
Otters are so much fun to watch, the Ear is tempted to skitter down the coast and go take a look.