River Otter Video

Lontra canadensis



This juvenile river otter was with two others of the same size. A friend and I were canoeing when we saw the otters ahead. We slowly drifted past them. Then we stopped the canoe and I got out and sunk into the water until only my head was above water. I very slowly approached the otters, attempting to get photos. The two otters who did not have prey hid in the brush just above the water line. This young otter pup stayed where it was and continued to feed on the fish it had caught, a pikeminnow. A pikeminnow is a non-native species of fish that is found in the South Fork Eel River, which also happens to be perfect otter habitat. I got as close as four feet when I was shooting this video clip of the otter.

River otters have very sharp teeth and they use these to tear apart their prey. You can see those teeth in action in this video. Otters also have webbed feet that help them swim. This is visible in the video. Otters are very well adapted to their aquatic environment.

This otter was still young and that may be why it allowed a human to approach so closely. It also may be that the presence of the human scared off its siblings, who had been trying to take away the fish. The little otter enjoyed his meal in peace and I got some good photos and videos of it!

When you are tracking otters, don't forget to look for them along the river banks and in tall grasses and brush just above water line.


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Copyright 2009. Video clips, text, drawings, and photos by Kim A. Cabrera
Filmed along the South Fork Eel River on August 17, 2009.


Page updated: Thursday, September 17, 2009.

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