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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) mom eating while young pup rests.  Prince William Sound, Alaska.  Spring.  Mothers with young pups usually touch the pup between dives for food.  The pup is often left for two or three minutes while the mother forages on the bottom, but once she comes to the surface to eat whatever she has caught she will almost always come over and touch (reassure) the pup who at this stage is to young and uncoordinated to follow the mom.