Friday, January 13, 2012

North American River Otter

Today's blog will be about another member of the weasel family.  I have previously discussed the Fisher and the American Mink on the blog (http://photobee1.blogspot.com/2012/01/american-mink-at-sachuest.html, .http://photobee1.blogspot.com/2011/11/fisher-allens-neck-portion-of-allens.html)  The North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis ),North American river otter which is also known as the Northern River Otter is semiaquatic and endemic to the North American continent, where it is found in an along its waterways and coasts.  They are active year-round and are mostly active at night, especially during the spring, summer and fall seasons, but during the winter, it becomes more diurnal.  The River Otter is protected by its thick, water-repellent coat of fur.  Being a predator and a carnivore.  It usually will feed on fish, but they will also eat amphibians, turtles and crayfish.  They have some good from habitat loss, and environmental pollution.  One of the reasons that people like River otters is because of the sense of play and their sliding down into the water, which is how most people see them in the zoos.

My photographs and video of the River Otter were taken in Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia at a local park, where we were visiting to photograph the sea ducks, and the shorebirds.  This Otter came in to join the crowd and gave us a great show.

North American river otter

North American river otter

North American river otter