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Show us your Otters

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@@Patty, great to see on the beach, I'd never thought of them doing that.

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@@Patty, great to see on the beach, I'd never thought of them doing that.

 

I had no idea until I went to Moss Landing for the first time. I initially thought there was an injured otter until I read the sign :)

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When I lived in CA I used to love visiting Point Lobos and adjacent Garrapata State Park.

 

 

I try to go to Point Lobos weekly and love hiking in Sobranes Canyon.

 

Sadly both are currently closed and Sobranes Canyon is on fire right now :(

 

 

I saw in the news that there was a wildfire at Garrapata State Park - so sorry to hear that! Especially since the rains are so far away...

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Yesterday I had a wonderful day in the field at Santee National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina. One of the highlights was an encounter with a River Otter (Lontra canadensis).

 

At first it was snoozing on a grassy dike between a freshwater marsh and a lily pad-covered pond. It was partially facing away from me, and the wind was in my favor, so I was able to sneak a little closer after spotting it.

 

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Then it woke up and sat up a bit, scanning the area drowsily.

 

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Then, perhaps hearing the shutter of my camera clicking, it glanced in my direction.

 

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Unconcerned by my low-key presence, he began marking his territory (I presume it was a male)

 

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After using his scent glad to mark the dike, he scuffed his back feet and ambled over and down into the water. I felt privileged to be semi-accepted by the otter - or at least not viewed as a threat.

 

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