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Monday, 12 July 2010
Otter

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The otter came up and sniffed at me, then turned away and entered the lake where it swam up and down a few times.

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According to the British Wildlife Centre:

The otter is a large member of the weasel family (mustelids) with an amphibious lifestyle. In the wild they are elusive, secretive animals and live in undisturbed rivers, streams and estuaries. In the early 1960’s they were on the verge of extinction due to river pollution, habitat loss and hunting. Now with full legal protection, cleaner rivers and managed habitat it is returning to its former haunts, although its distribution will always be limited by the availability of fish
The male otter is called a dog and the female a bitch. They have large lungs and can stay submerged under water for 4 minutes, often swimming 400 metres before resurfacing. They can reach speeds of 12 km/h under water and can outrun man on land.

The males occupy large ranges, which may include up to 20 km of river bank and daily travel long distances along regular routes by the margins of the river.

There are apparently approximately 12,900 otters in the UK and they are slowly increasing in number.

Posted by bigblue on 12/07/2010 at 08:47 AM
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