Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Almost Wordless Wednesday: River Otter

We saw this river otter in the Jolly Giant Creek a few days before we encountered the crabs. This otter may explain why there weren't many birds hanging around the creek when the crabs were there.
Just finished eating something on the other side of the creek

Turned right and headed upstream

Almost to the bridge (same bridge in the crab post)

Under the bridge

18 comments:

  1. Sign of a pretty healthy area,and such wonderful animals...

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  2. Look at the size of those nostrils! I just want to kiss that beautiful nose.
    He/she looks eel-like in the second photo.

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  3. I love to watch otters. I've seen them most though up on the Sound. Our Coast is probably too rough but i haven't seen them in the estuaries either. Maybe not taking enough time.

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  4. Otters have been reintroduced in Missouri -- to the lament of the fishermen. I don't know if the complaints are valid though or if the otters are just the newest excuse for a bad day.

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  5. isabelita-- We don't get to see them often, but when we do they have quite a presence.

    CCorax-- They are pretty ferocious critters. Not cuddly like sea otters (who are also pretty ferocious!). I wish the second photo could convey size. We were surprised by how long this otter was stretched out like that, like 5 feet!

    Rain-- We like to see these river otters and remember seeing them when we were up in Port Townsend, WA.

    paullamb-- Interesting. I had no idea that they needed reintroduction. I'm glad for them. The fishermen have certainly had their time without other predators.

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  6. The ones I used to encounter (they're still around, but not so many as there used to be, not sure why) were pretty cute, I thought. My red cattle dog "herded" one back to the brook once and it didn't try to kill him, nor he, it. My neighbor's koi probably considered them ferocious. Alas.

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    1. I probably should have mentioned ferocious as perceived by their prey. I guess the thing that makes them seem ferocious to me is watching them chomp down on something with their very big teeth.

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  7. Cute little booger. What it ate a bird if I could catch it and is that why the bird stay away.?

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    1. Tara-- They are interesting creatures. They do eat birds, but also fish, crustaceans, reptiles, and insects. They are adept hunters.

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  8. I love to watch otters for they understand the joy of playing. Wouldn't want to be their prey however. I understand they are one of the few animals that kills for fun of it even when not hungry.

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    1. Arkansas Patti-- I don't think I've ever seen river otters play. I would like that very much. They are such interesting creatures. I just found this info about them on a educational website: The river otter has few natural predators because of its strength, sharp teeth, aggressiveness when attacked, and aquatic habits. Snapping turtles, coyotes, bobcats, and foxes may occasionally prey upon young otters, and rarely, adults.

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  9. There is a park not far from my house that has river otters. I didn't know we even had them around here. Unfortunately there was also a rabies problem with them.

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    1. Sharon-- I hadn't heard about otters and rabies before this. Wow. I checked online and found that it is rare, but it does happen. Yikes.

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  10. I tried to stoke an Otter in a zoo once, it bit my finger and when I pulled away it was hanging on the end. My wife I kids did not know what to say and laughed, other people looked shocked. Put me off other than looking at them. Great see them swimming along the river

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    1. Bill-- Yikes! Bitten by an otter does not sound like fun at all. I've seen their teeth.

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  11. When I was a kid in SF, they were plentiful in the bay. We often saw them around Raccoon Straits and Angel Island when we sailed back then. Their population has suffered since that time.

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    1. Anne-- You make wonder if you were seeing Sea Otters or River Otters. There are still Sea Otters in Monterey Bay, but their numbers have definitely decline over the years.

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  12. Oh yes, they were definitely sea otters. I have great memories of watching them eat and play in the middle of the San Francisco Bay.

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