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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

River Otters

Sunday I was taking photos along this river when all of a sudden, I heard a series of very loud, high pitched screeching noises. I was in the zone of taking photos, so I didn't think much of it, and in the back of my mind passed the noise off as a large bird of prey of some sort. Nothing too unusual. But my Mom pointed out to me that it was actually a family of river otters running along the rocky edge the river. They all dived in and submerged under the rapids. A few yards downstream they came back up, dragging with them a HUGE salmon. They wrangled it to the side and proceeded to enjoy their lunch, continuing with their noises of excitement the whole time.

I feel so lucky to live in an area that I am able to witness such wildlife.

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  1. How neat to have actually witnessed the salmon lunch buffet.
    Terrific photo.

  2. They are fascinating creatures.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. Wow, great photo and you are really lucky.

  4. What a wonderful capture!!

  5. Talk about being at the right place at the right time! Very cool you got to see some river otters. Thanks for sharing the photo.

  6. Wow what a treat, both for you and the otters, each in their own way.
    Joy - ABC

  7. Lucky you to capture them.

  8. That's a magical moment!

  9. Lucky you! I have only seen otters in zoos! It must have been a fascinating experience for you!
    Have a great week !
    Wil, ABCW Team

  10. What a lucky capture. I've seen otters at my cabin a few times, but I've never been fast (or quiet) enough to get a good shot. - Margy

  11. They're fascinating animals. One year one of my grade 4 students did her Science research on the sea otter. She had such fun and really learned a lot.

    abcw team

  12. Oh wow! What a treat Sarah and happy that you could share this with Nature Notes.... Michelle

  13. i heard they are shy animals who run away when they hear any noise. you managed a nice click


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