Florida: River Otters in our Pond!

Florida River Otter Face

Florida River Otter Face

Florida River Otter Side View

Florida River Otter Side View

Florida River Otter Eating Crayfish (tail visible)

Florida River Otter Eating Crayfish (tail visible)

We were surprised and pleased to see a pair of river otters in our backyard pond this past week!  They are very shy, so I had to hide behind a tree to take these pictures.  River otters use their sensitive whiskers to find fish, crayfish, and other food in the pond.  They swim with an up and down movement using their tails as rudders, and can travel up to 1/4 mile without a breath of air.  They generally weigh about 17 pounds and grow up to 4 feet long.  River otters are very playful and fun to watch, so we are hoping they come back again soon!  More info is at:  http://www.sjrwmd.com/raleighsden/meet_raleigh_otter.html

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

12 Responses to Florida: River Otters in our Pond!

  1. Great photos Pam. I’m very envious of the sighting. Other than at the zoo, I’ve only managed to see fleeting glimpses of otters in the wild. I’m sure that when I turn away, they’re doing low-five tail slaps knowing that they’ve alluded me again.

  2. Sharon says:

    Wow! what a treat. Great shots.

  3. lauramacky says:

    I love those little guys! Nice shots! I especially love that first one. 😀

  4. alanyshapiro says:

    They remind me of beavers. Beautiful photos! 🙂

  5. mrsbearfoot says:

    What a delightful surprise! 😀

  6. FeyGirl says:

    Aw, you’re so lucky! They’re usually incredibly shy…. LOVE them!!! 🙂

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