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2097923 No.44  

Went for a spot of otter spotting today. Anyone here ever try this?
Otters are very elusive animals so it's hard to actually get to see one in the wild. To find out whether otters exist in an area you have to rely on finding spraint, tracks or setting up camera traps.

>> No.46  
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Here's your average Eurasian otter track, they're around 5 cm long.

>> No.69  
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Sometimes otters leave tracks that can't be unambiguously attributed to them, such as food leftovers. Generally, only camera traps, spraint or tracks are reliably ways to find whether otters live in a place. Finding live or deceased specimen is also a clear sign, obviously.

>> No.84  
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I know I probably won't, but I really hope I'm gonna get to see one in the wild one day.

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Otters often have specific spots where they like to climb in and out of the water. In tall grass these paths are easy to spot. Look for tracks around these areas!

>> No.226  

Never give up.

>> No.289  

It's rare to actually come across otters or their tracks in the wild, so the experience of discovering them is especially rewarding.

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Went out again last week. This little bird flew above me and kept singing.

>> No.350  

He was trying to lead you towards otters

>> No.351  

I thought birds were afraid of otters.

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That's true, flying otters are a huge source of fear for birds.

>> No.614  

I saw an otter today. I went out to the river near my neighborhood to read and sit by the water, and while I was out there, an otter swam by. I didn't get a particularly good look, as the otter was maybe 50 feet away from me and moving quickly, but I'm 90% sure that it was an otter. Needless to say, my whole day improved from there. I would have gotten pictures, but I usually don't bring my phone with me when I go to read by the river.

>> No.615  

That is magnificent. If it was really an otter then you must be the luckiest anon here.

>> No.640  

>>614 Congrats on the sighting, anon. I think otters reward regular visitors, especially those who know how to sit quietly, so I'm not surprised ottter graced you with his presence. I bet it made your day.

>> No.643  

Thanks otternons, it was really great. Hopefully I can see him again, and maybe get a better look. I'll be sure to report back if I do!