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Small, long and slim mammal swims very well in the cold water. I didn't stay long because I could hear it panting or warning me that I was too close. It would disappear underwater for extended periods. I've seen Otters in several areas that I've discovered or hiked/birded. My favorite was watching three playing and having fun, until they spotted me. Delightful!
Rivers, lakes, waterways and coasts. They live in burrows, in water and land. They eat fish, crayfish, mice, squirrels, birds, eggs and insects to name a few. Otters are also prone to predation from birds of prey, coyotes, bobcats, and alligators.
They are known to be very playful. I only saw one in the river, but I am sure I heard at least two.