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North American River Otter

Lontra canadensis


Like some of their other weasel cousins, river otters are full of energy and are extremely playful. There's nothing like a good roll in the sand to dry off after filling their bellies with their favorite food, fish. They're also content to prey on amphibians, crabs, and even birds. Their sensitivity to polluted waters cannot be overstated. Where there are river otters, there is a healthy aquatic ecosystem. Thanks to the hunting ban on all otter species in North America some time ago and also to the protection of coastal environments in California, more and more of these semi-aquatic weasels are being found along coastlines and further inland near rivers.


River, lake, swamp, or estuary.


In this group, there were seven river otters! One mother and six cubs, but only three followed Mom around, while the other three are clearly becoming more independent already.

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Josh Asel
Josh Asel 4 years ago

Thank you everyone! I really appreciate the SOTW and the compliments :)

Tukup 4 years ago

Great series and great notes Josh. Congratulations on your SOTW. Well done.

Ornithoptera80 4 years ago

congrats Josh, and nice series

Great series Josh,congrats on the very well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

MichaelS 4 years ago

Congrats, Josh Asel, your spotting has been voted Spotting of the Week by the Rangers! You have gorgeous wildlife photography, Josh!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 4 years ago

Thanks for the update Antonio!

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!

damarionl4591 4 years ago

this is cute

Josh Asel
Spotted by
Josh Asel

California, USA

Spotted on Oct 17, 2019
Submitted on Oct 18, 2019

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