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#21 Patty

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Posted 18 April 2015 - 11:10 PM

 

~ @Patty:

 

That's such a lovely photo!

 

The mother is so effortlessly buoyant.

 

This one is so nice to see in Safaritalk.

 

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Thanks, Tom. This mom had rare twins in February, one of which had to be rescued and is being raised at the Monterey Bay Aquarium http://pointlobos.or...son/otter-twins


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Posted 19 April 2015 - 04:58 AM

@michael-ibk awesome pix! love the first one of the haughty looking otter and then the sleeping one too. 



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Posted 19 April 2015 - 05:32 AM

these are smooth otters, just returned to singapore waters a few years ago. we saw a family of these otters when we were at sungei buloh two years ago. there were also feral dogs that had been trying to hunt them so we really hope this family stayed safe and continue to stay safe. my pictures are not that great, hope you get some idea of what these shy animals are like. 

 

 

 

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 06:05 AM

 


 

Thanks, Tom. This mom had rare twins in February, one of which had to be rescued and is being raised at the Monterey Bay Aquarium http://pointlobos.or...son/otter-twins

 

 

~ @Patty:

 

Thank you for providing that link.

 

Otter twins must be quite a sight!

 

Active and mischievous.

 

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 06:10 AM

these are smooth otters, just returned to singapore waters a few years ago. we saw a family of these otters when we were at sungei buloh two years ago. there were also feral dogs that had been trying to hunt them so we really hope this family stayed safe and continue to stay safe. my pictures are not that great, hope you get some idea of what these shy animals are like. 

 

 

 

~ @Kitsafari:

 

Your smooth otter images are fascinating!

 

In my two visits to Sungei Buloh — 2011 and 2013 — I never saw them.

 

I wasn't looking for them as I didn't realize that they lived there.

 

That you were able to photograph them is quite an achievement.

 

Thank you for sharing the otter images.

 

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 07:20 AM

@Tom Kellie we were very lucky. it was our first visit to the park and we went very early. we heard dogs barking away and join a photographer standing there. then he pointed out the otters to us. 

 

when we returned for a second time, they had closed off that part of the park. apparently, all the busloads of tourists and some singaporeans had disturb a fair bit of wildlife there and the park decided to close off those areas. Sad for us, but glad for the wildlife. 


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Posted 19 April 2015 - 07:36 AM

@Tom Kellie we were very lucky. it was our first visit to the park and we went very early. we heard dogs barking away and join a photographer standing there. then he pointed out the otters to us. 

 

when we returned for a second time, they had closed off that part of the park. apparently, all the busloads of tourists and some singaporeans had disturb a fair bit of wildlife there and the park decided to close off those areas. Sad for us, but glad for the wildlife. 

 

~ @Kitsafari:

 

That was considerate of the photographer to point out the otters. I truly miss the courteous, thoughtful behavior of most Singaporeans.

 

The last time I was in Sungei Buloh, it was on my 60th birthday, as I'd flown to Singapore to photograph Varanus salvator on my birthday.

 

Two older Singaporean photographers on a remote Sungei Buloh walking path very kindly pointed out to me a resting saltwater crocodile which I would have otherwise overlooked.

 

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Crocodylus porosus at Sungei Buloh, Singapore, on 4 November, 2013

 

At the Sungei Buloh information desk I met a teenager from Yunnan, Kunming who is a student at River Valley High School in Boon Lay. Despite the more than four decade age gap, he's become a very good friend, keeping me regularly informed on life in Singapore, with wit and his fine street photography.

 

Thus Sungei Buloh has positive associations with me. I'm glad to know that smooth otters also like its wetland habitat.

 

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 11:32 PM

 


Thanks, Tom. This mom had rare twins in February, one of which had to be rescued and is being raised at the Monterey Bay Aquarium http://pointlobos.or...son/otter-twins

 

 

Tes and otter pup 696b from last Thursday

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696 has been paired for a few weeks now with surrogate mom, Rosa, at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and is doing well too. An older female orphan was brought to the aquarium after 696 was rescued and they've formed a little threesome family.


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Posted 03 June 2015 - 01:16 AM

 

 


Thanks, Tom. This mom had rare twins in February, one of which had to be rescued and is being raised at the Monterey Bay Aquarium http://pointlobos.or...son/otter-twins

 

 

Tes and otter pup 696b from last Thursday

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696 has been paired for a few weeks now with surrogate mom, Rosa, at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and is doing well too. An older female orphan was brought to the aquarium after 696 was rescued and they've formed a little threesome family.

 

~ @Patty

 

That's really a nice image!

 

It brings back happy memories of Monterey Bay.

 

Thank you for updating us on the otters there.

 

Surely one of California's most beloved species.

 

Tom K.


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Posted 11 August 2015 - 12:30 AM

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Posted 20 September 2015 - 05:59 PM

@Patty haven't you got some more photos to add here? :)


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Posted 20 September 2015 - 07:46 PM

A few more from Moss Landing the other day.

 

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Posted 21 September 2015 - 05:30 PM

Great photos @Patty.   

 

Not long ago I saw a documentary on long-serving surrogate mother Sea Otter who passed away after a long and successful career.  The Monterey Aquarium is one of the great institutions of the world.


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Posted 21 September 2015 - 06:39 PM

So glad you started this otter thread, @offshorebirder2 during sea otter awareness week! This is a rescued sea otter washing his face at the Vancouver aquarium. It's not a great photo like the super ones posted in this thread but I added it because if you go there, you can sign up to do a special otter visit with a marine specialist. It was just 4 of us learning about their habits, seeing the area where they prepare for them, and finally getting to feed them by dropping their special diet into their mouths about 3 feet below. 

 

If you ever want to do this, reserve far in advance. They allow children 8 and up. 

 

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Posted 21 September 2015 - 07:21 PM

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is posting a series of videos on otter 696 this week https://www.facebook...ereybayaquarium


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Posted 30 January 2016 - 09:17 PM

Finally from Elkhorn Slough, a few Sea Otter pictures. Photography was a bit of a challenge for the otters, as the captain was very careful to maintain a good distance from the otters so as not to disturb them.  

 

This animal was tagged - apparently any otter that is rehabilitated is tagged to be able to track.

 

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And a baby hitching a ride from mom.

 

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 10:18 PM

Some napping/relaxing otters from Moss Landing (aka Elkhorn Slough) this morning.

 

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 08:05 AM

Here's a cape clawless otter out the front of our house in South Africa.  We have a small spruit (creek) there and we sometimes find evidence of otters eating crabs there.

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 08:56 AM

~ @Patty

 

Thank you for posting such lovely otter images.

 

Both you and @Zubbie15 have reinvigorated this thread.

 

It's been decades since I last observed any otter anywhere, so these images are especially appreciated.

 

You've also taught me something.

 

I never knew that Moss Landing was also called Elkhorn Slough.

 

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 08:36 PM

@Tom Kellie, Elkhorn Slough is the name of the estuary and national reserve. From Moss Landing you can rent a kayak and paddle up the slough. There are also boat tours. There are hiking trails within the national reserve portion of the slough that can be accessed from the inland side. The rafts of otters are usually very close to the small parking lot at the end of Jetty Road at Moss Landing State Beach (on the estuary side).


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