Otter On The Dock
A river otter paid us a peculiar visit one sunny morning last week.
Enjoying a morning coffee while I surveyed the front of the property from the living room window, I saw a playful otter hop gracefully out of the water and right up onto the dock.
River Otter On The Cottage Dock
We often see the otters in the river feeding on crayfish but this was the first time one came out into the open during the day.
Quickly grabbing the camera, I managed to snap this photo from inside the cabin as the otter propped itself up at the side of the aluminium boat, as if it were waiting for me to come down and take it for a ride.
Would an otter be required by law to wear a life jacket?
After taking a few more pictures through the cabin window I quietly headed out the back door and around the cottage to try to get a closer shot. By the time I made it down to the water our guest had already moved on.
We know the otters use the dock during the evening. They often leave nasty little presents for us to clean up in the morning, and despite this inconvenience, I had hoped to get a photo of the river otters during the day. Finally, I was fortunate enough to see it lounging on the dock in broad daylight and it didn’t even leave a mess.
I have no idea if it was cruising around on a solo getaway, or if the rest of the family of river otters living in the area were nearby and I simply didn’t see them. Maybe it just needed some alone time, which is what the cabin is often all about.
Written and photographed by: Andrew Walker