Otter Fact Friday!

Fact! There are 13 species of otter!

  1. Asian Small-Clawed Otter
  2. Cape Clawless Otter
  3. Hairy-Nosed Otter
  4. Spotted-Necked Otter
  5. Congo Clawless Otter
  6. Sea Otter
  7. Eurasian Otter
  8. Smooth-Coated Otter
  9. North American River Otter
  10. Marine Otter
  11. Neotropical Otter
  12. Southern River Otter
  13. South American Giant Otter

IOSF Newsletter for December

The people heading up the International Otter Survival Fund website have posted their December newsletter. This month’s newsletter talks about the spotted – necked otter of Africa, the Otter Oscars (!), Citizen Science and so much more. For a primarily European look at otters, this organization provides a unique view. Check out their December newsletter here.

Otter! Otter! Read all about it!

I’ve put a lot of thought into this, my first post. I couldn’t decide what to write about and then I figured that I should start at the beginning.

I’m terrible with time. I’m not certain how long I’ve been a fan of otters, but I know it’s been at least a couple of years. It all started with this video, a clip from the movie Saving Otter 501. From there I started watching other otter videos, Googling them, and reading books about them. I always thought that there were only sea otters and river otters. I learned that there are, in fact, 13 species of otters and their numbers are all on the decline. It’s worrisome, for sure. All species of otters are crucial to their ecosystems; the sea otter alone is the cornerstone of it’s environment.

I’ve traveled to visit famous otters, I’ve swam with otters, I’ve watched sea otters play at Elkhorn Slough, I even volunteer at a zoo where I talk sea otters. I’m looking forward to sharing my otter adventures with my readers and filling this page with helpful links, fun videos, and otter things. No, not those things, the otter ones 😉