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North American River Otter

Lontra canadensis

Description:

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!

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

They are known to be very playful. I only saw one in the river, but I am sure I heard at least two.

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12 Comments

robert emond
robert emond a year ago

Thank you. I appreciate it!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck a year ago

Great spotting! Congrats.

robert emond
robert emond a year ago

Thank you very much

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

A wonderful SOTW. Congratulations, Robert.

robert emond
robert emond a year ago

Thank you!!

Very good photo and Robert,congrats on the well deserved Sotw and thanks for sharing

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Good SOTW Robert. Congratulations.

suzmonk
suzmonk a year ago

Congratulations, Robert ...

Brian38
Brian38 a year ago

Congrats Robert on SOTW! I've been trying to get a good pic of an otter - not successful yet - elusive creatures. Great job!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Congratulations Robert! Great spotting!

robert emond
robert emond a year ago

Thank you very much!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Robert, this lovely shot and vivid description have earned you a Spotting of the Week!

"A North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis) takes a swim in our Spotting of the Week! Renowned for their playfulness, North American river otters are found both along waterways and coasts. Habitat loss has significantly reduced the range of this species. River otters are also highly sensitive to pollution, a likely factor to their continuing decline. Project Noah's rangers team appreciated the flowing aspect of this shot, and the nice personal touch our member Robert Emond put in describing his encounter: "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!"

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AshleyT
AshleyT a year 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!

robert emond
Spotted by
robert emond

Georgia, USA

Lat: 30.89, Long: -83.32

Spotted on Nov 21, 2017
Submitted on Nov 22, 2017

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