One of nature’s most social and playful creatures, river otters have big personalities and even bigger appetites. Often seen in groups, they can be observed hunting and frolicking year round at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri. In winter, you might even catch them sliding across the ice on their bellies. Photo courtesy of Kenny Bahr.
Throwback Thursday to last week when a wild otter mom gave birth to her pup in our Great Tide Pool. Thousands of people got to watch the birth live online, and millions more have been touched by this conservation success story. Thanks for following along with us in this otterly adorable event!
This amazing coastline belongs to Big Sur, California (U.S.). A place to get away from turbulent everyday
life, go in peace and find inspiration. It`s a `must see` if you go on a
California road trip. The rich nature with rocky shores, wild flowers,
birds, sea otters and many breathtaking sceneries is what makes Big Sur a great
place to visit and admire. Just breathe in the superb Big Sur.
Since photographing otters with his first camera, Charlie Hamilton James admits, he’s been an “otter nut.” One day during the year he spent in the Yellowstone area, Hamilton James got a call from a friend with a pond on his property: “Get here now. The otters are here.” He grabbed his dry suit, his underwater camera, and the weight belt he’d last used in the ocean.
At the site, “I jumped in the pond and sank straight to the bottom,” says the award-winning wildlife photographer. He had too much weight on the belt—but chances to photograph wild otters underwater are scarce, and he was determined. So he struggled to the surface, gulped air, and then sank again, repeatedly.
“Every time I got to the bottom, the otters swam down to hang out with me,” Hamilton James says. “As an encounter, it’s incredibly rare.” But, he admits, “it was ruined by the fact that I was trying not to drown.”
After snoozing overnight in our Great Tide Pool, mom and pup are back in the bay. We wouldn’t be surprised to see them again soon! In the meantime, enjoy some gifs of this most otterly adorable of events: