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Rare sighting of sea otter off Laguna Beach

A group of whale-watchers caught a glimpse of a sea otter on Monday, a rare sighting in Southern California. (Tom Monroe)

December 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A group of whale-watchers caught a glimpse of a sea otter on Monday, a rare sighting in Southern California.

The curious otter came up to the "Dana Pride," and spectator took a photograph.

A marine biologist says it's been more than 30 years since a sea otter has been seen in the region.

Just a couple of months ago, another sea otter was spotted in San Diego at Zuniga Point Jetty.

In California, they're most common in such places as Morro Bay and Monterey.