National Geographic : 1971 Oct
Mother serenely reclines as her pup nuzzles toward the two nipples on her lower abdomen (above). Females usually give birth to a single offspring every two or three years, and remain inseparable from the youngster for about a year. Early hunters, capitalizing on the mother's 536 fearlessness in defense of her young, would first nab a pup, then wait for the approach of its frantic parent. Male otters, which normally live apart from the females in the colony, may go searching for mates at any time of the year. The female, her face gripped by EKTACHROME BY JAMESA. MAIITTISON, JR., M.D. ) N.A.S. the male's powerful jaws, often gets a bloody nose (opposite) during an in-the-water mating ritual. Though males often attempt to stay with their part ners after mating, the females usually manage to sneak away within a few days.