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Otter and two cubs

Observed: 15th November 2011 By: andylawandylaw’s reputation in Mammalsandylaw’s reputation in Mammalsandylaw’s reputation in Mammals
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Otter (Lutra lutra) interacts


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You were very lucky to watch this, were they playing? Better still was there any evidence of the adult training the youngsters?

Graham Banwell

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Kylerhea Otters

Hi Graham

The adult female otter was diving and catching fish and the young otters were copying her. Occasionally they would land to eat the fish or crabs etc.

We are lucky here as otters are quite numerous so I see them regulary - usually once or twice a weeek. I recently saw 5 separate otters in one day but this is rare.

Best wishes

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Oh Wow!

How lovely to see this behaviour, and how lucky to have your opportunities! My one and only magic moment was at Ullapool whilst on holiday and I was transfixed by just one!

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Otter Haven

Was this taken from the Kylerhea Otter Hide? We are having our two weeks holiday near Lochcarron in June and a visit to Kylerhea on Skye is on our list,in the hopes of seeing otters.

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Otter Haven

The photo was taken from near the Kylerhea jetty. The otter hide is great for watching otters but it is about 80ft above the sea. It is well worth a visit as it has been recently refurbished with new information and interpretation panels and gives excellent views along the Kylerhea narrows. Otters are seen from the hide virtually every day but you still have to be lucky! The hide is owned by the Forestry Commission and is free to visit.
Alternatively watching from the shore near the jetty or in Kylerhea village is also excellent. It is worth asking folk in Lochcarron if they can recommend good areas of coastline to observe otters as well. Good luck!

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Otter Haven

Thank you for the information Andy, very kind of you. The only wild otter we have seen was last year in Monfrague in Spain so fingers crossed for some Scottish ones next year.