and they can be easily mistaken for California Sea lions if you don't take a good look at them. The small youngsters when grooming their thick fur coats can also be mistaken for sea otters because otters will do a similar rubbing/grooming behavior of their coats. The key to recognizing these fabulous creatures is to note the distinctive pose they hold while resting. It is called the "Tea Cup Handle" pose. They will take their hind flippers and role them back out of the water looping them over their bodies to touch their front flippers creating the handle of a tea cup.