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33610 No.2356   [Reply]

I love otters!

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>> No.2460  

>>2362 Real otter's faces aren't this pointy, I think.

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If I could make art, I would make art of otters for sure.

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No.93   [Reply]

"The otter's charm, so little known
Holds no ceptre, has no throne
Lives in groups or on his own
Relishing his dearest stone.

Dirt upon which otter rests,
In a coat of comfort drest,
The big wide river makes him guest,
Its wealth upon the beast bequests.

Though in the waves at home is he,
and on the surface equally,
In either must he cease to be,
Split half and half, the otter's see.

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>> No.2207  

Like a blazing torch go forth
Oh otter spotter volunteers
Go where no one else will go
See what no one else can see

The queen of rivers has returned
The page has turned and spring appeared
Her home is graced by silent tread
Her kingdom welcomes her again

Be the bearer of good news
Be the light that lights our hearts
For you no water is to deep
For you no riverbank to steep

>> No.2212  

Be as an otter
Unheard, unseen
Be as an otter
Swim up the stream
Be as an otter
Just for a day
Be as an otter
Enjoy the play
Be as an otter
Enjoy the fun
Be as an otter
Never outdone
Be as an otter
Sharp claws and teeth
Be as an otter

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>> No.2374  

Mustelid, animal of such beauty
Diving, entry into the water
The fish swims away, hopelessly
Trying to preserve its life
Alas, a useless goal
Ripping and tearing
The otter hunts
Comes to land
Lies down
Eats

>> No.2576  

We're coming home
coming home
coming home to otter lands
where we once throned
we once throned
we once throned and tasted clams

We advance
we advance
we advance with every step
and build our holts
build our holts
build or holts like architects

What we gained

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>> No.2578  

otters in my head, otters on my mind
otters every day and otters every night
otters at the office, otters in the car
otters in the home, otters near and far
otters when I sleep, otters when I eat
otters when I cook and otters when I clean
otters in the morning, otters before bed
otters in my attic and otters in my shed



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31569 No.2113   [Reply]

https://otterwiki.net/ is now live!
Anyone can contribute to this project. Let's make it a great resource for learning about otters.

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>> No.2221  

>>2219
I imagine that it would be hard to get any breeding programs going for those otters whose noses are hairier than average without at least two in captivity. That being said, there are probably attempts to get some program of that sort started

>> No.2227  

>>2221 Not sure how recent that information is. Maybe there are more otters with a bit of hair on their nose in captivity now.

>> No.2571  

Page for genus Lutra is up.
https://otterwiki.net/wiki/Lutra
Hoping to complete these species' articles soon.

>> No.2572  

https://otterwiki.net/wiki/Japanese_Otter
Started the Japanese otter page!
What surprised me about this is that the last sighting was in 1979, but apparently they found spraint in 1999 so they're still looking for it, despite it officially being declared extinct. Sightings were also super rare before that, so we still aren't giving up.

>> No.2573  

>>2572 Still need to expand sections on distribution, habitat and behavior btw.



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138920 No.97   [Reply]

schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop schlop

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>> No.2478  

>>2474
Do otters have webbed armpits too? Amazing

>> No.2495  

>>2478
They have pockets under their armpits. Maybe they have other things under there too

>> No.2496  

>>2495 Otter things

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>>819
Here's some schlippers.

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>>2514 Always good to see otter thirst being quenched



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187456 No.2510   [Reply]

Let's talk about the different shapes of otters' heads. Funny thing I noticed, otters (at least some species) tend to have some kind of ridge down the middle of their heads. Does anybody know why they have this?

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It has to do with how the gyri and sulci of the brain develops in otters, and which parts of the brain are increased in size relative to other animals. My understanding, and take it with a grain of salt because I'm no lutrologist, is that the temporal and parietal lobes of the brain, especially the parietal lobe, are both enlarged to account for otters' enhanced sense of smell and sensory capabilities through their whiskers. I also saw something saying that certain types of otters have very sensitive forelimbs, which would account for even more enlargement of the parietal lobe. The parietal lobe is located on the top sides of the skull, and significant enhancement in its size without similar increases to other sections is likely a major contributor to that groove. Additionally, there's something that can be seen in a picture of a standard river otter brain where it seems like the longitudinal fissure is enlarged in some capacity, but I couldn't explain that if I tried. Essentially, it all comes down to how the brain is shaped, and how the skull will adapt to best form around it to protect the brain of the ott

>> No.2512  

>>2511 Wow, that's fascinating. So their heads are that way because their brains are so big.
How did you learn so much about otter brains anon?

>> No.2516  

>>2512
I will confess, I don’t know this strictly about otter brains. Most of what I said was an extrapolation from knowledge about the structure of how brains work and what the different regions do. I was on track to become a neurosurgeon for some time, but I dropped out of med school before it actually happened, so I’m not overly qualified, but I have some basic understanding of the brain as an organ, and so I just applied that knowledge to an image of an otter brain that I found and information about otter senses that I found online. So, you know, don’t take my word as gospel or anything, it’s more my best guess as to why otter heads are the way that they are.

>> No.2518  

>>2516
Oh, that's still a nice theory though, and it does make sense. Maybe there's another explanation though.
You were studying to become a neurosurgeon? That's really cool, how's life been going since you dropped out? I hope you found your calling.

>> No.2519  

>>2518
I'm glad you think it's reasonable, it's the best explanation that I could come up with for why there'd be a ridge like that in that specific area. And technically, I wasn't studying to be a neurosurgeon, that's just the specialization that I was looking at before I dropped out of med school. But that's neither here nor there, I suppose. Life's been fine since then though, I'm looking at becoming a teacher of some sort, probably teaching English if I can do what I want.



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92070 No.882   [Reply]

Did you know otters can climb trees?
What can't they do???

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>> No.1112  

>>1066
>>1067
>>1068
Tree otters...

>> No.2508  

Otters: The only mammal both in the trees and in the seas.

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>>1066>>1067>>1068
Those are some cute Martens, that's what they are.

>>2508
And the leaves!



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345270 No.1736   [Reply]

I like fish and otters like fish. What's your favourite fish? I enjoy herring.

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>> No.1985  

>>1969
I wonder if wild otters eat that much chicken. Do they steal it from coops like other weasels do?

>> No.1986  

>>1985
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UBwYieboaA
relevant

>> No.2364  

I like trout, salmon and eel a lot. Crab and shrimp are also tasty.

>> No.2401  

>>1985 I think stoats and weasels and such are more aggressive chicken chokers than otters are, but I'm sure otters can do it too if they need to

>> No.2507  

Eating fish is very unhealthy for the fish.



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164567 No.2467   [Reply]

How loving and compassionate can otters be?

>> No.2472  

Otters live in loving families, they care for each other more than we do I'd even say.

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If you really want to see some loving otts, just look at sea otter mothers and pups

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>>2482
So true! There's no love like mother's love.

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Otter mums are the best! Maybe that's why otters are so amazing, because they have such wonderful parents.

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Otters' love is unconditional



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21241 No.2439   [Reply]
>Rocky, a male North American river otter at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 21, while undergoing a routine veterinary procedure at the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital. During the procedure, Rocky, 7, went into cardiac arrest and despite emergency response efforts performed by the OKC Zoo’s veterinary care team, he did not survive.
>A popular resident at the Zoo’s Oklahoma Trails habitat, Rocky brought many smiles to guests’ faces as they watched him swimming at his habitat often rolling and flipping through the water. He will be missed by his caretakers and Zoo fans. Rocky arrived at the Zoo in 2016 from Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington, Illinois.
>📷: Andrea Johnson

RIP Rocky :(

>> No.2440  

Otters come, otters go...

>> No.2441  

>>2439
RIP Rocky, the world is all the lesser for his loss.

>>2440
But they are always present in our hearts

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>>2440
They've got a new otter! her name is Hazel and she's one year old.

>> No.2449  

>>2448 Long live Hazel!



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117231 No.155   [Reply]

Toonimals otter episode
http://englishbrb.adnstream.com/video/zxoLriTguC/08-The-Otter

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>>1964
yep I'm liking this

>> No.2005  

Apart from mixing up sea otters and river otters, this is pretty nice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIyhlVjlp6k

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>>157

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>>156

>> No.2447  

https://otterfershyuure.ytmnd.com/



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449068 No.2366   [Reply]

Otters are really cute, but I don't think they're the cutest. They got an adorable face, but their feet always look ugly. Any other otter enjoyers feel grossed out by their feet? I feel like other animals definitely beat otters on the cuteness scale.

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>> No.2421  

>>2420
Based as fuck lol

>> No.2422  

>>2419
Otter feet have to look like this. If they didn't, otters wouldn't survive so well.

>> No.2423  

>>2422
True but the point is otter feet aren't cute. With all I've done for otters over the years, I think I can at least say otter feet are ugly lol.

>> No.2424  

>>2423 maybe they're not cute but they're not ugly either. They're cool.

>> No.2435  

>>2423

>With all I've done for otters over the years, I think I can at least say otter feet are ugly lol.

That not how it works



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213521 No.2427   [Reply]

Are different types of otters friends with each other? For instance, if a Eurasian and a Marine otter met one another, would they be nice to one another?

>> No.2428  

Interesting question, depends on the mood I suppose. If a Eurasian and a Marine met on the beach, I think they would play. But only if they don't have a territory or a female to defend.

>> No.2429  

Interestingly the Marine otter is longer than the Eurasian otter, but the Eurasian is heavier. Can't be easily said who would win the play wrestling match.

>> No.2430  

>>2428
so much depends
upon

the mood of
otters

soaked with clear
water

beside each other
playing

Here's a shitty adaptation of "The Red Wheelbarrow" made to fit otters

>> No.2431  

>>2430 Very nice anon



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119286 No.2403   [Reply]

I just got a new computer, and lost all of my otter pics. Could y'all help me out and post some vital otter pics?

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41761 No.2165   [Reply]

How well can otters hear? And what species has the coolest ears? I think sea otters have pretty funny ears.

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>> No.2363  

>>2349
African clawless otter?

>> No.2365  

>>2363
No
Shall I reveal the answer?

>> No.2370  

>>2365
I’m gonna take one more shot: is it a North American River Otter?

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>>2370
It's actually a giant otter!

>> No.2373  

>>2372
That was a tricky one. Compared with other otters >>2166 the giant otters ears are really small for its head.



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31747 No.2199   [Reply]

Rare photo of a sea otter from Detroit Zoo swimming on his stomach. Which is the correct otter way to swim? Should otters swim on their backs or their fronts?

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>> No.2311  

>>2310
Most of the time, they are just chilling on the waves.

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An inverted Otter is usually a sign that total relaxation is occurring

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>>2312

>> No.2355  

>>2312
It can also be a sign of scratches being had

>> No.2359  

>>2355
Which itself can also be an indicator of comfort and relaxation for otts



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74296 No.2321   [Reply]

An otter dining on a classic French speciality. What other delicacies do these gourmets enjoy?

>pic Rita Chapman
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Otters like eggs too.

>> No.2337  

>>2336
But do they eat them? Or just play with them?

>> No.2338  

>>2337 Eggs and small birds are part of otter's diet

>> No.2343  

>>2337
It sure looks like the ott in >>2336 is about to munch on that egg he’s holding

>> No.2345  

>>2343 About to take a big bite for sure



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136270 No.233   [Reply]

Where did he get those weird stripes?

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>> No.2262  

>>2161 Those are fingers

>> No.2278  

>>2262
These otters are called "fingerotter" in German

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>> No.2327  

>>2243
Cute screams.

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>>2262
Some fingers they are.



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>> No.824  

>>761
His ottery qualities are more condensed this way.

>> No.845  

>>824
What if too much otter is concentrated into a too small space? Do we get an otter black hole?

>> No.850  

>>845 Quite the opposite, my friend.
More like a new star birthing.

>> No.2024  

How does a small otter catch a big fish?

>> No.2319  

>>2024 It compensates with viciousness.



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98297 No.2254   [Reply]

Otters are very good at hiding.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0_UF8qdoxI

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>>2287 The otter is here, in case you missed it

>> No.2289  

>>2288
Thank you, I was having trouble with that one. I was worried that there might not have been an otter at all

>> No.2290  

>>2289
Always expect otters.

>> No.2316  

Ninja Otters !?
You never know when they will strike



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278625 No.2268   [Reply]
>Chungungo: Re-Ottering Chile

About the efforts to repopulate Chile with otters.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmqeLWeh0oQ

>> No.2270  

Truly heartwarming, and nice footage too. I hope the otters will survive

>> No.2276  
>climbing down cliffs to help otters
>carrying boulders to help otters

This man is a hero for otters

>> No.2301  

It's certainly nice to know that Chile is being successfully ottered.

>> No.2309  

>>2301
Chile first, next the world



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72688 No.2280   [Reply]

how cool is it that otters are both land and water predators? both require crazy amounts of specialization but otters just pull it off, and do it extremely well too. do any other animals come close to this skill level?

>> No.2282  

It's a thing of beauty, nature is like a puzzle, every piece fits perfectly



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138642 No.2273   [Reply]

https://www.seattleaquarium.org/blog/saying-goodbye-elderly-adaa

>We are sad to announce the passing of Adaa, the male northern sea otter under our care, from cancer. The disease was diagnosed in mid-February and considered terminal. Adaa was treated with medications to manage his symptoms and provide him with a good quality of life for the time he had left. The staff had hoped this would give him several weeks, but his condition recently deteriorated and he was humanely euthanized on Sunday, February 27.
>This beloved animal was the oldest male sea otter at zoos and aquariums in the U.S., and he became the oldest male sea otter on record in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) “studbook” when he reached 22 years and 2 months old. (On average, sea otters in the wild live 15–20 years.) An AZA studbook dynamically documents the entire demographic history of each individual of a species—this is an invaluable tool to help us understand how individuals and groups are doing and allows us to provide the best standard of care.

Farewell Adaa, you will be missed.

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Heaven just got another angel



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97828 No.572   [Reply]

Otters love their buckets.

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Hmm, maybe otters like buckets because they make good hiding places, similar to hollow logs which otters also like?

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Accidents can happen.

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Otters love their buckets.

>> No.2241  

>>1925

>Otter bucket mentality

When otters are in a bucket, none of them will try to get out because it's too much fun in the bucket

>> No.2271  

>>2202 I believe that may have been on purpose



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1865806 No.172   [Reply]

BLRLBLRLBLBLRLBL

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>> No.1155  

>>1079
A lot of the great natural processes will involve otters in some capacity

>> No.1157  

>>1155
In a perfect world.
Dubdubs confirm that's the way it's supposed 2b.

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1000 miles per hour



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99029 No.2247   [Reply]

Otter has a fish

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I like pics of otters having things. This otter has a rope.



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