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Otter.

Observed: 9th July 2012 By: nightflynightfly’s reputation in Mammalsnightfly’s reputation in Mammalsnightfly’s reputation in Mammals
9 jul 12 (10) - Copy
9 jul 12 (10)
Description:
Identifications
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    Likely ID
    European Otter (Lutra lutra)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 10 People
    • chrisbrooks
      Sea Fish AtlasSeaKeys
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    • Gill Sinclair
      S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course completeThe Mammal SocietyThe Vincent Wildlife Trust
      Mammals expert
    • gramandy
      Kent Wildlife TrustThanet Coast ProjectWildwood Trust
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    • LesleyGarven
    • angelatopazangelatopaz’s reputation in Mammalsangelatopaz’s reputation in Mammals
    • the naturalist man
      The Mammal SocietyYorkshire Naturalists' Union
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    • Peadar na BreacPeadar na Breac’s reputation in MammalsPeadar na Breac’s reputation in MammalsPeadar na Breac’s reputation in Mammals
    • j.tweedie
      S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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    • david1973
      Yorkshire Naturalists' Union
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which European Otter (Lutra lutra) interacts

Comments

the naturalist man's picture

Otter

An amazing photo, I just never have the camera ready for such pictures or the animal runs off just as I focus; a head turning away is nothing compared to some of the pictures I've just missed! I sound like a fisherman describing the one that got away!

Never worry about the quality, that is not what iSpot is all about, there is more than enough information here to definately say it is an otter and that is all that counts.

Graham Banwell

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nightfly's picture

Thanks for the comment

Thanks for the comment Graham,

It was a lovely experience, a very nice surprise for it to be an otter this time, usually the bright eyes when I am mothing, belong to a cat, sometimes a fox, twice this year a badger.

A week previous to this encounter I saw another otter jink into the ditch at 1am about 1 mile further inland, again there was a stream not too far away but no pic that time.

It would have been lovely to have got those shining eyes captured in the above pic, the photo makes it look like the animal was quite far away, it was no more than 12 yards.

Cathal.

Peadar na Breac's picture

Graham...

As someone who angles with Cathal on a regular basis all over Ireland I can tell you categorically that he always has his camera at the ready and is never afraid to use it!!! Even when it is long past the cocktail hour and you are trying to kick him down the mountain or out of the boat he always has a pic to take. Mind you I hope Plod does not read his admission of photography whilst driving or I might miss fishing with him for a while!! The picture might be blurry but the admission was fullsome.
Peadar

nightfly's picture

Hi Graham and Gill, Can you

Hi Graham and Gill,

Can you direct me to any information on how long a European otter can grow, the maximum length they can achieve? Someone I know has reported measuring a dead one killed on the road at 5 foot 2 inches. I just wonder how likely or otherwise this is.

Thanks in advance (or anyone else that can shed some light on this)

Cathal.

Gill Sinclair's picture

Sounds large

Sounds big to me - info. from IOSF here says up to 1.3m (scroll down) http://www.otter.org/Public/AboutOtters_OtterSpecies.aspx?speciesID=1

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
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nightfly's picture

Thanks very much Gill. Yes it

Thanks very much Gill. Yes it does seem a bit large, way above average size. There is a possibility that it was 4 foot 2 inches and my friends memory has let him down, I can say that as he doesn't read my iSpot comments.

Whatever the case, 5 feet and more seems large. Thank you for the link, will look now. I did try googling it but I didnt find any info. on largest recorded specimens, just average size range offerings.

Thanks

Cathal.