Surviving on the Island: Chapter 23

Brown sea otter floating on its back.
Sea otter along California coast. “Mike” Michael L. Baird [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Karana sees that the hunters have left wounded otters behind. She takes Rontu in the canoe and finds, wrapped in kelp, a young injured otter. Karana picks up the otter and takes it to a tidepool on the shore.

The otter stays in the pool and slowly heals. Karana feeds it fresh fish daily, and the otter begins to take food from her hand. She names the otter, Mon-a-nee, which means “Little Boy with Large Eyes” in her language.

When the weather makes it difficult for her to catch fish, Karana is unable to bring food to the otter. When she returns to the tidepool, Karana finds that Mon-a-nee has gone.

Last updated: December 11, 2018