Touching Images of Sea Otter Mother Embracing Newborn Pup on Her Belly for Protection Stir Millions of Hearts
Maternal love is a sacred, profound, and silent affection that flows through the veins and hearts of every individual on Earth. It is the emotion that forms beautiful and strong bonds between creatures.
The term “maternal” refers to the mother, and “filial” means the child. Thus, maternal love represents the unconditional care, nurturing, and boundless affection that a mother bestows upon her offspring.
A mother willingly sacrifices everything for the peaceful life of her child. The success and happiness of her offspring are her greatest aspirations. There is nothing more precious than being born with a mother’s love and unconditional care. From the moment of conception, a mother teaches her child the first lessons, guiding them towards the highest standards and the most beautiful concepts. A mother is a priceless gift bestowed upon all creatures by the heavens when they arrive in this world.
Therefore, stories and heartwarming images depicting maternal love always evoke emotions in viewers, whether they depict humans or animals. Recently, the beautiful images of the tender and warm affection between a mother sea otter and her pup have captured significant attention on social media.
Suzi Eszterhas, a 40-year-old photographer, encountered a family of sea otters playing with each other underwater during her trip to Monterey Bay, along the Pacific coast in Southern San Francisco, USA.
Sea otters belong to the mammal group and are diverse, with 13 different species distributed worldwide, excluding the Arctic and Australia. According to scientists, sea otters have been present on Earth for the past 5 million years.
Many of us mistakenly believe that otters live exclusively in water. However, only the sea otter species truly resides in the water, while other species spend the majority of their time on land.
Similar to the video clip, the mother otter delicately cradles her newborn on her belly while leisurely swimming in the bay. She does this to keep her pup dry and warm throughout their journey.
What is noteworthy in this moment is that otter mothers are typically shy and rarely display affection towards their offspring. However, in this particular case, the pup expresses joy when receiving care and attention from its beloved mother amidst the bustling harbor.
The devotion of the otter mother and pup is evident when she goes hunting, leaving her pup on the water’s surface, yet constantly returning to watch over and protect it.
The ability of otters to float on the water is due to their dense, fine inner fur (1,000 hairs per square millimeter), which is protected by an outer layer of fur, keeping them dry underwater and retaining a layer of air for warmth.
Eszterhas shared, “The otter pup did this repeatedly, and it made me feel like I was babysitting. The mother and pup otters were absolutely adorable and made me realize how vulnerable yet trustworthy animals can be.”
In the 19th century, sea otters were hunted to the brink of extinction, with only around 50 remaining in California, USA. However, in 1972, the Marine Mammal Protection Act was passed by the US Congress, strictly prohibiting the killing and exploitation of any marine mammal.
Since then, the sea otter population has rebounded in the state, and the species is now classified as threatened in the Red Book