One of the advantages of working here is that I can visit the animals often and observe their behavior. (Sometimes visitors are perplexed when they find the otters curled up taking a bit of a "siesta," especially during the hot summer months....Otters are supposed to be "playful," right? Well, yes, they are--just not 24/7!)
Anyway, otters are tremendously well-adapted for an aquatic life style. With their streamlined body, webbed feet and long rudder-like tail, otters are virtual acrobats when swimming.
Their dense oily fur looks plush when dry:
Compared to what they look like fresh out from a dunk in their pond:
Otters are carnivores that eat mainly fish, but will also eat crayfish, crabs, amphibians, turtles, and even insects. Check out his teeth--definitely "carnivore" teeth (in case you're curious, I snapped this photo as he was yawning!):
They do spend some time grooming their fur, which is always fun to watch:
Well, its nap time for the otters... So, that's all for now! More off the beaten path in two weeks. Oh, by the way, my friend Jody Ullmann found a great Otter Spotter website that has lots of great info about all kinds of otters--enjoy!