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325317 No.3789   [Reply]

We can learn a lot from otters, so do otters have any lessons to teach us about parenting? Otters offer warmth, love and comfort to their young, but they don't hesitate to play rough with them or put them through scary situations as a lesson. What do otter parents get so right that each young otter cub grows up to be an otter?

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>> No.3792  

>>3790
Yeah that's right, never abandon your kids somewhere they aren't (or don't feel safe)... Mom is always close by and she knows what she's doing, the cub is never really in danger even if he feels it. Otter mums know how to keep that balance.

>> No.3795  
>Along with mothering multiple pups throughout their lifetimes, sea otter moms do it single-handedly. They are truly “single mothers”, with no child support or help with pup-rearing from dad.

This saddens me, the OP pic made me think otters mate and stick together for life.

>> No.3796  

>>3795
It depends on the species! Sea otters might be mostly solitary, but marine otters mate for life, the otters of Singapore group together in related clans to hunt and raise the little ones together, giant otters and Asian small clawed otters often live in little family groups of the parents and their young. I think those are small clawed otters in the pick, so probably some parenting teamwork goin on there.

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>>3796
This is reassuring, thank you. Otter pups deserve the best possible life.
Tangent: I am learning so much from this captcha system too.

>> No.3810  

>>3797
Otter parents know what the best situation is for their pups.



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29116 No.3791   [Reply]

Hello Otterchat, I like your imageboard and I run an imageboard myself.
I have just reopened it with a board for animals and cute animals but it lacks any photos of Otters. :southernriver:

Could you please flood my imageboard with photos of Otters.
If you don't want to that is okay. :love:
I apologize in advance if this sort of thread isn't allowed, I couldn't find a rules list.

https://3chan.co/ac/

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>>3791
I can definitely go post some otties over there, glad that otterchan is making waves and giving off a good example:giant::dance:



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22518 No.3787   [Reply]

Important update on 841: she's a mom now! Watch out for double surfboard stealing trouble. :surprised:

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>>3787
Always a joy to hear about new otters, and this is even better than usual!
Surfers beware, 841 and 841 Jr are on the prowl!



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96808 No.3684   [Reply]
>ooh, sandals!
>> No.3777  

Can an otter wear sandals, or only flip flops?



No.3773   [Reply]

some freakazoid sent me this site so yeah very cool that theres an entire site for pictures of me!! :comfy:

>> No.3774  

Welcome:love:

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>>3773
Good to have you here

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>>3775
Paw bumps!



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77362 No.3762   [Reply]

Things you can do with snow:

  1. Eat it
  2. Roll in it
  3. Slide on it
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>>3762
#3 seems like the most fun!



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868945 No.3539   [Reply]

Hello community, I would like to inform you that there is a conservation project in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Northeastern Brazil. Known as Project Lontra Viva. We have been active since 2011 in favor of the conservation of Lontra longicaudis. The founder and responsible for the project and research is a member of the IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group, Izabela Laurentino, with the support of UFRN and Instituto Biodiversidade (@ibio). For more information contact via IG @projetolontraviva or email: Projetolontraviva@gmail.com.:neotropical:

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>> No.3557  

Have you guys got a website?

>> No.3764  

>>3539 In South America we have four species, however in RN there is only a record of the Neotropical Otter, so conservation work is carried out only with this species. More information: www.projetolontraviva.org

>> No.3765  

>>3764
Link isn't working for me :(

>> No.3767  

>>3765
This one works for me https://projeto-lontra-viva.negocio.site/

>> No.3768  

>>3767
Yes, that works! Thank you



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165943 No.1714   [Reply]

September 19 to 25 is Sea Otter Awareness Week. Please be aware of sea otters.

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>> No.3155  

>>3151
Don't they get dizzy from all that rotation?

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>>3155
I think they do eventually, but they can tolerate it for a while. I guess that's why they don't spin for very long.

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>>3156
Spinning is fun, but you gotta be careful.

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Please be aware of sea otters. Their week has arrived once more:surprised::surprised::surprised::surprised::surprised::surprised::surprised::surprised::surprised::surprised::surprised::surprised::surprised::surprised::surprised::surprised::surprised:

>> No.3766  

>>3763
I was very aware of sea otters this week, it was a good time. I hope everyone else had a good week too!



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38892 No.113   [Reply]

The spotted necked otter (Hydrictis maculicollis) lives in Africa and is more aquatic than other African otters.
I like how these guys always look angry for some reason.

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>> No.3754  

I wonder how hard it is to spot a spotted necked otter who's in his favorite spot?

>> No.3756  

Does a spotted necked otter know that his neck is spotted?

>> No.3757  

>>3756
Spotted neck otters are excellent spotters, so I think most could spot when they're neck has been spotted. But I'm sure there are some younger otters whose spotting skills are spotty at best, they might not know.

>> No.3758  

If a spotted necked otter's neck is spotted and no one is around to spot it, does it have spots?

>> No.3760  

>>3758
Well how can it be spotted if no one is around to spot it! Of course the question remains, if you spot the otter but don't spot their spots, are they still spotted?



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134637 No.4   [Reply]

Welcome!

This site may still have issues. Please be patient while I figure everything out.

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>> No.3491  

>>3483
:surprised: These are great! Thank you ottmin! :marine:

>> No.3513  

>>3483
I love these little otters! Is there a way we can download the full-res versions of them too?

>> No.3514  

>>3513
Oh, they're all from different pics that were posted here over time. I'm sure you'll be able to find most of them around here

>> No.3537  

News are broken right now, seems Google broke their alert feeds. Gonna have to either wait for a fix or switch to another service, can't do much apart from that. :hiding:

>> No.3751  

^ my email here



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163848 No.3722   [Reply]

This otter has been running from the cops ever since she got famous for stealing some surfboards. Looks like she might actually get away with it.

>The 5-year-old female otter, known officially as otter 841, has been deemed a public safety risk by state and federal wildlife officials because of her "unusually aggressive" behavior along the Santa Cruz coast. As a result, wildlife officials and Monterey Bay Aquarium staff are attempting to capture and rehome the otter to an aquarium or zoo, according to a joint news release. But support for a live-and-let-live approach is growing with each unsuccessful attempt.

https://www.npr.org/2023/07/22/1189352338/sea-otter-search-santa-cruz-surfers

>> No.3723  

Go 841! Don't let the man keep you down, stick and move!

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Woohoo!
May she continue her surfing days for years to come.

>> No.3744  

>>3722

>But support for a live-and-let-live approach is growing with each unsuccessful attempt.

Any updates on if this is going anywhere? I know she's getting support from the general public, but I think that Fish and Game might still be trying to hunt her down

>> No.3745  

>>3744
I checked the news and I don't see any updates on this so I believe she's at large, but I also assume they're still trying to bring her in. It has been a fun story to follow, it reminds me of when we learned about bank robbers in school who were cheered by the public.



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169382 No.1593   [Reply]

A Eurasian otter hunting in a shoal of Atlantic herring in northern Norway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDOXaz4obvI

>> No.1597  

Whoa look at him go! He deserved that fishy

>> No.1604  

>>1597
He hunted through all those fishies just to find the single most delicious one!

>> No.1660  

It only takes one otter to frighten a thousand fish.

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495193 No.914   [Reply]

Otter chomping on his grub

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>> No.2180  

>>2163 It looks like it knows what's about to happen.

>> No.2182  

>>2163 :o

>> No.3234  

Hah! An-otter otter thread! How fun!

>> No.3394  

An otter will usually eat a fish head first so that it's killed and doesn't flop away

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This one looks like he caught a bird



No.3724   [Reply]

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1900027 No.161   [Reply]

Only the best otter gifs. I'd post WebMs too, but I guess you can't do that here.

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>> No.2001  

>>1997
FASTER

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>>2001

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>>161

>I'd post WebMs too, but I guess you can't do that here.

You can now :)

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1918133 No.3698   [Reply]

And this one was done before I got there, but I was allowed to have it anyway. I think it is by an otter named Uno

>> No.3699  

Ah whoops, this was supposed to be in the general thread. Must've accidentally posted in on its own

>> No.3700  

That's alright it deserves its own thread anyway!

>> No.3708  

>>3700 I don't believe in the whole "everything in one thread" thing tbh. This totally should be a thread, just like the sea otter stealing surfboards story. And >>118 should just be a place to say hi

>> No.3711  

>>3708
You know, you're absolutely right. I just posted in the general thread because I didn't know if this was a big enough deal to make its own thread, but now I wish that I had put it all in its own place from the start. Oh well, learning experience for next time. :hiding:

>> No.3714  

>>3711
S'alright, we all had enjoyed it regardless :feelsgood: you live and you learn, as otters do



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531843 No.3674   [Reply]

An irrational fear of otters. Apparently, it's real.

https://psychtimes.com/lutraphobia-fear-of-otters/

Is it true? Can otters be scary?

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I can understand why someone might find otters scary. The pitch black eyes, the sharp fangs, and the way they prey at night... Little river monsters... Brr...:hiding: (still love them though)

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>>3680
Hmm, like a yokai?

>> No.3683  

>>3682
I didn't know there was an otter yokai, that's so neat! https://yokai.fandom.com/wiki/Kawauso

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>>3683
>>3682
I didn't know either. Well that explains this picture that I have.

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I recently started playing Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin and there's a tribe of beast people that might be based on otters? The game doesn't say outright (at least not as far as I've gotten into the game), though there's one time when someone calls one of them a "weasel" but that might have just been an insult. They look like some kind of mustelid and are described as living mostly by rivers. They're called the Ashigumo and are pretty cool, though most of the tribe was wiped out and now persists as undead specters which are definitely very spooky.



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19371 No.3536   [Reply]

There's some pretty weird looking things going on here.

>that ant trail through the Himalayas
>that random blob in Uzbekistan
>those giant gaps in central Asia and China
>that random spot in south India

How accurate is this map? And what's the explanation for these things?

>> No.3560  

I don't know all of the answers, but I imagine it rests largely on local features. Maybe there're particular spots with enough water for otters due to rivers that surrounding areas don't have. I am also curious about the Indian and Malaysian spots though

>> No.3608  

I know their range in Norway is somewhat spotty. North of Bergen their coastal population is viable and I really wanna make a sadafari trip there to spot some. Otherwise southwards their coastal population have never made a real comeback after the acidic precipitation of earlier times. Inlands is nothing to speak of as of yet except a small populations. I really hope they make a comeback inlands as well and outcompetes the american mink

>> No.3641  

>>3536
I was looking at a map of the orca population recently, and I noticed how the population is depicted as being present around islands but not in the sea between those islands and the coasts. I wondered at the time if that was because they might just travel across deeper waters but live mostly in costal waters, but it could also be that coasts are where people are to spot orcas.

Point is, I'm wondering if some of the oddities of this map are being driven by humans being in the area to spot otters, or the population being able to identify an otter as an otter and not some other small wildlife. Otters can be sneaky after all, an otter in the underbrush at night would certainly be hard to ID.

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>>3641

>Otters can be sneaky after all, an otter in the underbrush at night would certainly be hard to ID

Now this is definitely true! Otters are super sneaky, and most people aren't in tune enough with nature to pay attention to when there's an otter.
pic related



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19855 No.3463   [Reply]

Educational otter materials
Hi otters, as some of you might have heard at the congress, Carol Bennetto from the Otter Specialist Group launched a fantastic little website where she hosts a bunch of educational material about otters for kids and adults. However she needs some help creating new material, as well as translating and distributing the existing stuff.
Maybe we can help out and make some material of our own? I'm sure we have quite a few otters with the necessary skills here... people need to know about otters, after all.

https://ottered.com/

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>> No.3524  

>>3522
That's a great idea! Yeah, the page is completely empty as of now apart from a link. What information do you think should be included in particular? Needs to have some solid facts of course, all about the harm it's doing to the species but also about how hard it is to keep an otter as a pet.

>> No.3527  

>>3524
I think the biggest thing we should talk about is the harm that the pet otter trade causes to wild otters. I've heard a lot of talk about how poachers kill adult otters for pelts and steal babies for being pets, so that's definitely something to talk about. I also know that there have been a couple of studies of otter cafes and how they're totally unable to care for their otters, so maybe we bring that up somehow?

>> No.3528  

>>3527
I agree, that's definitely worth mentioning. IMO it's good to keep it short and sweet and get the point across. Why don't we both think about it and write something up? Maybe we can make it into a graphic, too.

>> No.3529  

>>3528
Sounds like a plan, I'll write something up tonight

>> No.3665  

Hey, did we ever finish something?



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38963 No.3656   [Reply]

I'm going to run a heist game with some friends of mine, wherein the player characters are all otters! I thought y'all might want to see the system, I made it up specifically for this game. The rules are very light, and it's very fluff-oriented, but I'm kind of proud of them and thought that y'all might enjoy. Or maybe if you play these games you could use it for your own games!

>> No.3659  

Looks pretty cool! Otter games are definitely something the world could use more of, although I'm not a fan of dice based games (would prefer games where you can prove your ottery skills).



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200127 No.3506   [Reply]

https://otter.chat/map/

A world map of otter conservation activities, projects, NGOs etc. It's still in development as of now. Please try it out and tell me if it works for you or if there's any bugs.

I'd like this to be a complete and up to date overview of all our activities, so this thread is also a place to share suggestions, updates and submissions. If you have anything you'd like to see on the map please post it in this thread and I'll add it!

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>> No.3572  

>>3570
Sure is and I hope it'll be more in the future :smallclawed:

>> No.3584  

Added:

>Return of the Eurasian Otter in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
>> No.3635  

Added:

>Upper Peninsula River Otter Project
>We are using snow tracking, camera traps, and DNA from harvested otters to examine the connectivity of river otter populations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We are also interested in how this connectivity affects the otter population size and distribution of disease particularly Toxoplasma gondii.
>> No.3637  

Arcane Conservancy is currently working with Maharashtra State Forest Department and Local Communities for long-term Otter Research and Awareness Programmes in Coastal Maharashtra.

>> No.3643  

>>3637
Added!



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183639 No.1614   [Reply]

What is he building?

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>> No.3563  

>>3562
Does it have to be on your head?

>> No.3567  

>>3563
The Otter Safety and Health Administration agency is very clear that you do need to wear a safety helmet, but it doesn't need to be on your head. This otter is up to code!

>> No.3576  

>>3567
Well, they are the utmost authority on otter safety, I suppose that otter must be up to code!

>> No.3613  

>>1614
What's he building in there? With that hook light on the stairs...

>> No.3618  

>>3613
I don't know what he's making, but I'm sure it'll be well built, whatever it is! Everyone knows otters are brilliant, and that most likely extends to building projects too



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279203 No.2499   [Reply]

If you are not aware of the Bishan and Marina otter families from Singapore, I highly encourage you to look into it. My SO and I were searching for footage of otters being cute when we found this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75Q1qVFYJkk
learning about these two families, their way of living, and the wars they fight in entertained us both greatly. I love otters and I love otterchat.net. I hope this will pique your interest as much as it did mine. Have a good day wherever you are my otter-loving frens.

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Here's a map of all the different families' territories as of 2020

>> No.2660  

Man, this kind of stuff is cool. Nature really is amazing, and otters are the most amazing part of it.

>> No.2691  

>>2654
I remember watching something about Singapore's attempts to encourage otters to move in, and I'm glad to see it seems to be successful. Good for people, good for otters.

>> No.3612  

Apparently Zouk family is now taking over Bishan family territories with a final battle speculated to happen soon
Bishan family has become weak since they lost Bishan Mum, and Zouk has started their campaign against them
https://www.facebook.com/otterscene/videos/741591971094489/

>> No.3615  

>>3612
I had been wondering if some of the neighbors would move in after I saw news of her death. I'm interested to see how the new territory maps look after the dust settles.



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43665 No.876   [Reply]

I bet you can't name one word that rhymes with otter.

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>> No.907  

>>876
Potter

>> No.3335  

Name one word that rhymes with otter? That's a tough challenge, to be sure...
Well, one word that rhymes with otter is daughter, and if I had a daughter, I'd name her Alice, so I'll give 'daughter' the name of Alice.
There, I've completed your challenge. Now, I have one of my own: Can you think of any names that rhyme with otter? They don't have to be common, mind you, so feel free to get as esoteric as you like.

>> No.3336  

>>3335
It's definitely more than archaic, but Ptolemy's full name was Ptolemy Soter, and depending on how you pronounce that, it can rhyme with otter. But I can't think of anything else right now, I'll see if any other names come to mind

>> No.3337  

>>876
Water

>> No.3614  

totter



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118536 No.2893   [Reply]

Thought I should transplant this thread from /otter/. Post your best ott reaction pix here

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My offering is a gif but I hope it is acceptable

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I have too many lol

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One more (:

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One more (:

>> No.3611  

>>3580
Who's he ringing?



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