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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sharing some sushi

I've gone for very long periods without seeing a River Otter (Lontra canadensis), so I've been somewhat surprised this summer to encounter several families in a few different places.

The most recent observation involved a mother and pup.  Luckily, I had a large zoom lens on my camera so I could watch and take pictures from far away without disturbing them, and then I cropped the photos for close-up views.

Here's the adult eating a long, slender fish:

Then the pup came along and took the tail end of the fish from the mother:

The mother left the little one to feed on its own while she continued fishing nearby: 

P.S.  If you can tell what type of fish the otters were eating, I'd love to know.  Could it be a prickleback?


Alice Chan said...

What fun to see these great photos!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jackie, I just want to thank you for your blog. It has become an important part of my day. I look forward every day to the amazing photography and a glimpse into nature. Well done.

Connie & Montana said...

Saw river otter tracks Friday morning on the beach between Pinnacle and Short Tail. Ran from the bluff to the sea.

Jackie Sones said...

Hi, everyone!

Thanks so much for the comments and feedback! It always means a lot to hear back from folks who are checking in with the NHBH. Even though I've been doing this for a few years now, it still feels a little odd to share these photos and stories over the Internet (rather than in-person). It's fun to know who's looking at the posts and to hear about your thoughts and observations!

:) Jackie

Jennifer Sauter said...

I think it is a monkey faced eel which is a prickleback!

LiveFood said...

Great shots!