Sunday, October 26, 2014

River Otter

Writing this post, I was surprised to learn that River Otters are found throughout North America. I only knew them from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota. They are, however, rare in some parts of their range, as they are sensitive to pollution, over-trapping, urbanization, and wetland destruction. Reintroductions have been successful in other areas where they have disappeared.

On 19 July 2014, Erika and I visited the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge near Olympia, Washington. Otters burrow near water and can submerge under water for almost eight minutes. This habit makes them somewhat difficult to photograph. Otters eat small fish and various amphibians, crayfish and even turtles (National Geographic).

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