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North American River Otter

Lontra canadensis


There were four otters swimming in the river. They were diving down and would come up eating blue crabs. The four of them seemed to come up successful with a new crab almost every dive. They ate the crabs whole; you could hear them crunching from far away. These two swam towards a palm tree that was in the water and took their time enjoying their meals. They eventually got out and ran around in the woods alongside the river before hopping back in the water for more


Chassahowitzka River, a spring-fed river near the gulf. These were not too far from where the Gulf water mingles with the fresh water so I think it was brackish where I photographed these otters (explaining the blue crabs' presence).

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Great photos - Lovely and fresh and the otters certainly look like they are having a good time. Thanks machi.

Machi 6 years ago

Thanks for the nomination!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated Machi!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Fantastic! I would want to watch them for hours.

Machi 6 years ago

Thanks Zlatan!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 6 years ago

wow! amazing series...

Machi 6 years ago

Thanks triggsturner! It was amazing to see them

triggsturner 6 years ago

Great series Machi. I have really enjoyed these images, thank you so much for sharing these charming otters with us.

Machi 6 years ago

Thanks Sarah!

SarahWhitt 6 years ago

I just LOVE river otters!! What FUN they are to watch!!

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Florida, USA

Spotted on May 21, 2017
Submitted on Jun 12, 2017

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