sea otter…

..but whatever could that be!

Sea otters are so cute! but this one does seem a bit worried about something. For facts on these engaging creatures, such as that sea otters have the densest fur of all mammals at 100,000 hairs per square inch! … check out this site.

I have a bit of an seaside theme going the last few posts and I’m trying different techniques for the water… no doubt more to come!

UPDATE: This just in from Tom in the comments! Thanks Tom!

The otter watches, drifting by
while gulls and scaups across the sky
wheel in gyres and flocks afeather
through the fog and misty weather
where a form is looming large…
a ship, perhaps, caught in the marge
of currents turning, twisting, strong
where the otter lazes long
upon his back in furry peace
watching while like flapping geese
sailors pull the sails around
to keep the ship from touching ground
but windless skies leave all aslack
while the otter on its back
watches human comedy
then slips away through peaceful seas.

Copyright (C) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

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4 Responses to “sea otter…”

  1. Lovely fuzzy face! And only on a second look did I notice the back-stroke position. Nice touch!

  2. The otter watches, drifting by
    while gulls and scaups across the sky
    wheel in gyres and flocks afeather
    through the fog and misty weather
    where a form is looming large…
    a ship, perhaps, caught in the marge
    of currents turning, twisting, strong
    where the otter lazes long
    upon his back in furry peace
    watching while like flapping geese
    sailors pull the sails around
    to keep the ship from touching ground
    but windless skies leave all aslack
    while the otter on its back
    watches human comedy
    then slips away through peaceful seas.

    🙂

    Copyright (C) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

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