Otters

A new life preserver

A new life preserver

A very kind Hitty friend sent us a new live preserver.

Contemplating a quiet paddle

Contemplating a quiet paddle

We are extremely lucky to live so near the sea! Constance took the life preserver down to the tide pool and contemplated a little evening paddle…

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Crunchings and Munchings

Crunchings and Munchings

…but glancing round, she found she had accidentally invaded the dining room of two river otters (Lontra canadensis)...

We sat very quietly and watched them eat their crab dinners…

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12 thoughts on “Otters

    • It was such a thoughtful and unexpected gift! Constance immediately suggested a stroll to the beach, and I complied just to humour her despite it having been a very long day at work… how absolutely thrilling to find ourselves so close to the otters as they feasted!

  1. wonderful photos. Love the life preserver….so pretty…those colors! And the otters. Last year we had the joy of seeing family (4 of them) . We were picnicking in a remote area near a small pond..that happened to be near a river. The otters came up from the river to frolic in the pond..sliding down the bank into the water over and over. To top it all off there was a bald eagle in a tree watching them. Was a magical experience. Unlike you I did not have a good camera to record the experience. How great that you did!!! Thanks.

    • It was serendipitous! Lucky that I happened to be there with my camera, and that they were gambolling, frolicking and dining close enough, and uninhibited enough for me to get a few pictures! The sloshing waves and their loud crunching was memorable…but it sounds like your muddy otter escapades stuck in your mind even without a camera – that’s good!

  2. What a lovely day – first receiving an unexpected and splendid gift, then being treated to the up-close delight of the otter feast!

  3. Thank goodness for the life preserver. Those little otters are cute, but can we say, “what sharp teeth you have, my dear”?

    • Very very sharp! and enough force to crack open a crab! We were very quiet and didn’t draw attention to ourselves while they were exercising their shiny sharp teeth!

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