With counts exceeding 100 animals, Elkhorn Slough has the highest concentration of southern sea otters on the California coast. It is in this estuary habitat that researchers have observed sea otter behavior not seen in other sea otter populations. Learn more about Southern sea otters.

We have 2 OtterCams. OtterCam1 focuses on quiet tidal creeks known as a popular hangout spot for females and pups.  OtterCam2 shows mudflats with seals, birds and otters drifting by. Click below to stream each live camera.


Take note: Due to the remote location of our cameras, they sometimes experience power outages related to weather. If the camera happens to be down, please know we are working hard to get it back up and running as quickly as possible.
Video Highlights from the Elkhorn Slough OtterCam
Click PLAY ALL to watch a playlist of video highlights recorded directly from our Ottercam.

The Elkhorn Slough OtterCams are made possible through a partnership of:

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve — managed by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW), ESNERR is one of 28 national reserves funded through a program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Elkhorn Slough Foundation  — a community non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve and restore the Elkhorn Slough and its watershed.


We would like to thank the Sea Otter Foundation and Trust for their support of the Elkhorn Slough OtterCams.