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415778 No.2761   [Reply]

What do otters think about?



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116356 No.2244   [Reply]

Let's discuss ways how to spend our lives with otters
Which path should you choose if you want to help otters the most? Working at a zoo, or in research, or as a vet, or ... ? There are a lot of possibilities.

Does anyone here have experience working in these fields? It seems they all have upsides and upsides
Working at a zoo you get to be with otters all day (and other animals)
Working in research you get to uncover groundbreaking otter knowledge
Working as a vet you get to help sick and injured otters get better

What are other ways you can work for otters?

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>>2245
Above all you've got to stay focussed

>> No.2342  

>>2339
You just gotta keep your eyes on the prize

>> No.2748  

>>2300 Getting a job at a zoo is really hard, at least around here there are hundreds of applicants for every position that opens. Being an otter scientist is also not easy, but seems like the most rewarding otter career to me

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>tfw don't live in a country with an otter population

If I did I would look into volunteering for a charity. I'm not a vet but shit if someone 200 miles away said they found an otter cub in their garden I could pick it up for the charity.

If I had bigger balls I'd make a career out of hunting down poachers in SEA

>> No.2760  

>>2759
That makes me think. Are there any remote Otter jobs, for those of us who don't live near otters?



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194390 No.1783   [Reply]

Otters are wonderful friends, but sometimes... they don't get along.

Or maybe they do it for fun?

Here is some otter wrestling.

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Is this a fight or a hug?

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>>2436 either a fight or very fierce love.

>> No.2453  

>>2442
Otters love hard and fight hard

>> No.2454  

>>2453 Passionate otters!

>> No.2758  

>>1783
They definitely do it for fun, playfighting is simply one of otter's many sports.



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1506462 No.2089   [Reply]

MP4 and Webm thread.

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>> No.2692  

>>2666
always good to see otters adjusting to ottering. It isn't always easy to be an otter, but looks like this little one is definitely getting the hang of it!

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>> No.2755  

>>2754 Where's that?

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>> No.2757  

>>2754
>>2755
looks like one of those otter cafes, evil places.



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225092 No.2451   [Reply]

The time is upon us

Time: Wednesday May 25th, 8PM GMT/10PM CEST/4PM EDT

We will watch: On the Tracks of the Wild Otter (1983)

Gather here: https://cytu.be/r/ottercine

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>> No.2749  

just two hours to go!

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Alright, everybody, time to hop on in and enjoy some ottery goodness!

>> No.2751  

It was a wonderful stream once again, keep loving otters guys.

>> No.2752  

Aw man, I was cleaning all day and totally missed it.

>> No.2753  

>>2752 Sorry anon :( hope you make it next time



No.1930   [Reply]

We all have a story of how we started to love otters, right?
About three years ago I saw a pair of Asian small clawed otters getting fed at a local wldlife park, I didn't really know what otters were before that and certainly had never seen any (except in anime and a few pictures). As I saw them running around and squeaking, I already had a sense that this was the animal. Later I found out they're not only cute and funny, but actually endangered and very important for the ecosystem. So logically, I had to devote myself to this new love and become their active supporter.
What are you guys' stories? Have you had wondrous enlightening experiences? Or have you just always loved otters?

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The Otter has been reavealed to me in a life changing symbolic vision.
Since then my interest in all things otter has been growing rapidly and deeply

I should build shrines for the otter, find the otthers

>> No.2731  

Wow that's fascinating, please tell more about your vision? I wanna know what kind of ottery dreams people are given.

>> No.2732  

>>2731 for >>2730

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>>2731
It's spirit animal business I don't have to explain

Guess I'll hang around and see if I'm comfy enough to post the stories and analysis one day

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>>2738
You certainly don't have to explain, but it sounds interesting and I know that I, for one, would love to hear about it all



No.2246   [Reply]
>The Congress will be held in Sospel, France, 19-23 September 2022. Sospel is a village in the southern French Alps, close to the Italian border. Sospel is about 50 km from the Nice airport, and about 25 km from the Italian border (Ventimiglia, Italy).

https://iucnosgbull.org/Volume38/Vol38_Iss5_Conference.html
So, who else is coming?

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Just got word they've decided on a logo, so there'll be no need for these. I'll post them anyway just because I like them.

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>>2295

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>>2296 Similar logo to this one >>2295 but more abstract and geometric, formed by the letters I O C. Typeface: Futura.

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Official announcement and tentative program are out

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>>2739 A lot of otter topics to be covered



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80061 No.2696   [Reply]

Hey otters, the UKWOT is a wonderful charity caring for the otters in Britain, and it looks like they're in some financial trouble now. It would be great if we could help out a little by donating or adopting one of their three lovely otters. Personally I'm thinking of buying an adoption package but I haven't decided on an otter yet...
Anyways, these people do great things for otters so I hope they can get the money they need. https://ukwildottertrust.org/

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I adopted Rolo and got this video of her.

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>>2717
And this one. All I can say is it was worth every penny

>> No.2734  

>>2717>>2718
Those are pretty great videos, otternon! I'm curious, did you receive those in a separate email from the other files, because I just got the one email without any otter videos. I'm not going to email them again and make a fuss or anything, though I do kind of wish that I had gotten the videos

>> No.2736  

>>2734
Yeah, I did get them in a separate email after asking for them, so if you just ask you'll probably get them too no problem.

>> No.2737  

>>2736 Should add, since getting a video is supposed to be included in the package, you're probably right to request it.



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521803 No.118   [Reply]

Welcome!
Please say hello in this thread when you're visiting otterchat.

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>> No.2721  

>>2719 Wish I had a bucket of ice right now. So hot...

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Based anon dropped a link and I got here before it got removed. Now that's an otterly blessed day

>> No.2733  

>>2729 Welcome, I hope you enjoy yourself as much as that otter

>> No.2735  

>>2729
Glad you're here, hope others saw that link too. The more the merrier!



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1347256 No.1217   [Reply]

ITT Otter face close-ups

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>> No.2623  

>>2217 It's all in the perspective

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Love you too!

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Wish more otter lovers could find their way here. I've written up a little piece about Otterchat for IUCN news, but I don't know if it's good or not. What do you guys think, would you change anything?

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>>2723
I think it's good to go! Hopefully it'll attract some new otternons to join this great community!

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>>2724 I hope so too, I'll probably go ahead and submit it around the weekend.



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240491 No.2609   [Reply]

Why do otters have leaves on their heads so often?

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>> No.2681  

>>2680
Sorry i only just remembered ottercan and am phoneposting to feed my lust. Apologies for double/stupidposts

>> No.2687  

>>2681
We all love otters here, it's good to have another otter lover around. I, for one, definitely lose a couple IQ points when in presence of otters. It takes up a lot of brain resources to process all that is otter.

>> No.2688  

>>2687
Otters seem to have various interesting effects on people. This should be studied further.

>> No.2689  

>>2687

>it's good to have another otter lover around

The more, the merrier

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Sometimes it's as if otter heads are leaf magnets.



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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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>>540

>> No.2693  

>>2672 Hmm, if an otter started posting, I think it would be pretty obvious, no?

>> No.2695  

>>2693
This is the exact type of otterposting an otter would do to throw us off their trail. We're on to you, otternon!
P.S. We also think you're pretty neat, hope you stick around.

>> No.2701  

>>2695
I'm not an otter, that's ridiculous. Otters can't even read so it would be impossible for me to post here if I were an otter (which I'm not).

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>>2701

>Otters can't even read

Sounds like protterganda to keep us from knowing the true capabilities of otters



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102857 No.139   [Reply]

Otters have the best hands. Post some otter hands.

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Some people may be intimidated by their big hands

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>>2493 Yeah, look at these huge patters

>> No.2630  

>>2629 If your hand is bigger than your face, you might be an otter

>> No.2694  

>>2630 oh dang, I should get tested



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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.

>> No.2500  

Thanks for sharing this! There's a lot to know about these families, I think their stories are fascinating (and often very dramatic). There are several of these families by the way, each with its own unique backstory.

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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.



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132270 No.694   [Reply]

360 degrees.

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>> No.2468  

>>2463
Having an otter to sleep on must be the comfiest.

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>>2468 yes

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>>2468
Otters must get the best rest if they're able to sleep on other otts

>> No.2648  

>>2647 I couldn't imagine a better place to sleep

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>>2468 wish I could experience such comfyness



No.2674   [Reply]

>>2673
Hmm, otters and leaves are friends? The otter lore deepens.

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>>2675
yes ;-;

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>>2677
For future reference, in case you didn't know, you have to either enter the thread by hitting the reply button or by clicking the numbers of the post to enter the reply posting mode

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>>2678
I know, I couldn't read the verification string so I tried to reload the page to get a new one but that didn't work and when I relaunched my browser I forgot to click back into the thread

>> No.2685  

>>2682
Sorry for the trouble :/ The captcha system is pretty basic, I just changed so it gives you a new string if you type it in wrong. Also is it easy enough to read? Because I can make it bigger if not.

>> No.2686  

>>2685
No trouble, it's definitely a me problem so no need to change anything of my accord! It's already far more visible than the ones on Anon Cafe which I regularly have to reload to get one that is legible for me. The generation of a new string after failure is a nice touch though, makes it a bit easier if you get a difficult to read captcha. Thanks Ottmin!



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2935105 No.2646   [Reply]

Otters are so cool, I wanna be like one. How do I learn to become otter?

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>>2652

>In fact, otter pups hate the water and must first be taught to get in it.

This to me seems like a really important lesson that can be learned from otters about getting in the water. Restrictive things can, and often are, comfortable, much moreso than the alternative. If an otter lived his entire life on land, he wouldn't have to deal with the fear and the discomfort that comes from trying something new, from getting into the water, but he'd also never experience the joy and the freedom of having an entire existence in the water. So while something that confines us might be comfortable and simple, like land to a baby otter, breaking free of this comfort to experience new things is oftentimes the best thing that we can do

>> No.2662  

>>2661
>>2652
These are powerful lessons indeed. But the question remains, what is the water? And how do I find it?

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>>2662
I'm thinking "the water" can be literally just the water (swimming is fun! and definitely makes you more ottery) and also something unique to each person. Note how when you get in the water, you go through your own reflection. So what the water is depends on you.
I'm not sure about examples, and I can't even think of what my own personal "water" would be, so I'm sorry if this is vague, but this is the best I can explain it

>> No.2670  

>>2662
I think the water is our second nature. It isn't our home, otter holts are on land after all, so it isn't what comes most naturally to us. But being in the water is also something otters are very good at, their fur is magic at keeping them dry and they're great swimmers, but they still need to breathe air. Otters also seem to play the most when they are in the water, so getting in the water should either be a precursor to something enjoyable or be enjoyable itself.
All this is to say that I think getting in the water is something you enjoy doing, that you are good at doing, but is also something you weren't very good at when you started, you had to learn it. It could be a game, or a sport, or swimming, or art, or debate! If you haven't found such a thing yet, then you gotta go on some adventures to find your water. Try lots of things, see what sparks joy for you.
I would also say that otters are almost uniquely playful. So in addition to getting into the water, I think that finding the fun is an important otter trait to emulate. Otters hunt in the water, they work there, but that certainly doesn't stop them from playing around. I need to work on this myself, I have to channel my inner otter and find ways to play around and find some fun even when it doesn't seem like there's any to be had.

>> No.2676  

>>2670 Agree with everything you said. I think you got the whole point of "get in the water" really well. And the fun is important too. Where we may see a muddy riverbank, the otter sees a fun sliding opportunity. Otters are super curious animals, whenever the otter sees something new, he's sure to try and play with it. So being present in the moment, enjoying the little things are what matter.



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447789 No.2340   [Reply]

Every time I see an otter, I always say "otter"

Does anyone else do this?

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>> No.2351  

Kind of. I used to have a picture of a grumpy looking wet otter standing and looking at the camera. Every time I saw it I would involuntary think of him saying "that's MR. Otter to you!"

>> No.2354  

Otters are candy for the eyes

>>2351
Sounds like a funny otter picture, can you post it?

>> No.2584  

I like saying otter
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>> No.2663  

>>2341 I hope you see otters soon

>> No.2665  

>>2354

>Otters are candy for the eyes

Except otters are good for you.



No.2515   [Reply]

Otters were nearly driven to extinction in the last 100 years from hunting, habitat loss and pollution. Since then, nature conservation has enjoyed a great wave of public support and laws to outlaw toxic pollutants and to protect endangered species like otters soon followed. This included a ban on hunting otters or disturbing them in any way (as in the UK example). Slowly we've seen these measures succeeding and otters have returned to many regions they had once been driven out from. Based on all this, I'm wondering what the long term goal of otter conservation should be. When otters were still common, they used to be persecuted and everyone used to hate them because they competed with fisheries. Do we just want to go back to that status quo before we nearly drove them to extinction – including returning to hunting and trapping like before?
Will we continue in some kind of legislatively self-controlled state of reduced human activity around otter habitats?
Conservation is pretty much still riding the same wave of public support that began back then. If this wave breaks, what are we gonna do? What if people stop caring about protecting nature again because they don't feel like it's being threatened anymore? Policy will be made based on what the public wants. If politicians don't think people want to protect otters anymore, then how will they be protected?
I suppose these are questions that go beyond just otters, but I'm still curious what you guys think about these things.

>> No.2517  

I feel like, with how modern life is going, conservation is always going to be a necessary thing. Unfortunately, I don't think that modern industry and existence will allow otters, or most animals for that matter, to return to their previous existences, and conservation is going to need to exist to protect otters from evil men in top hats

>> No.2650  

>>2517
Yep. Otters are still being poisoned to this day. As they once were almost driven to extinction by pesticides, now rodenticides in the water are literally causing otters to bleed to death internally.
https://archive.ph/9QsMG

The political and legislative efforts to combat pollution have evidently only succeeded in somewhat mitigating and reducing the effects, and never to address the cause. Reform can never be a solution to the suffering industrial society has imposed on the planet. It has pumped the water, ground and air full of chemicals, metals, plastics, radiation, carcinogens, genetic manipulation, and every dark and wicked concoction thought up in the depths of the laboratories that serve the vain economic interests of man. We don't even realize the full extent of the consequences this system is having yet. Plants and animals are now feeling the full force of it, but in the end it will end up in our food, our own bodies. Yes, humans have plastic in our blood now too.
The law doesn't make a difference, notice how the deadly poisoning of the earth has not stopped, it only continues in countries where regulation isn't as strict. Just look up where the most polluted rivers are today. Where regulation is stricter it finds ever new ways to manifest itself that can only be retroactively addressed when the damage is already done.
Is there any escape? Is there even any way that the next 100 years can pass by without worldwide catastrophe the extent of which we have never imagined?



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24538 No.2604   [Reply]

I found this old otter message board that lived from 1998 to the early 2000s, it's pretty interesting to click through
https://web.archive.org/web/20000816162540/http://www.otternet.com/wwwboard/wwwboard.html

Looks like a board for Otters is an idea almost as old as the internet itself

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>> No.2628  

People often lament how much better the internet was back then, but looking at that I'm glad we have Otterchat now

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>>2626 And thankfully so!

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Did Angela ever get her club off the ground, I wonder? I'd love to join an otter club.

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>>2604
Fascinating little wild encounter. This is exactly the kind of otter content I'm after.

>> No.2645  

>>2639 Maybe we should start a club.



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61025 No.2641   [Reply]

Otter fur is really interesting, it's so dense that it's waterproof and very warm. here's an infographic from Cardiff University. Also I hadn't heard about Royal Otters before, otters having white spots is apparently so rare that they're especially majestic.

>> No.2643  

Male otters have moustaches. Every time I learn something new about otters they just keep getting better.

>> No.2644  
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Love the way otter fur looks



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9150 No.80   [Reply]

Let's talk about creating a logo for the site. We have to be recognized.
Maybe some banners are in order, too.

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I tried something else. How's this?

>> No.2599  

>>2598
The inline style makes it look more like a banner than a logo, but it does look good.

>>2589
Yes! it looks sharper, if that makes sense. More defined.

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I like this.

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I made a banner with that Giant Otter video anon posted here a while ago.

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>>2600
I don't know where to put the otter relative to the text, but having an outline around the speech bubble also looks quite alright in my opinion.



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91689 No.2605   [Reply]

Dogs and monkeys have been sent to space. What about otters? I think they'd make brilliant astronotts.
Also, can otters swim in zero gravity? And if water were found on mars, could otters live there?

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I'm imagining otters with fur thick enough to work as a space suit

>> No.2617  

>>2607
They can trap air under the outer layer of fur, so in theory it could work.

>> No.2622  

>>2617
It would need to be a hairy nosed otter so he can breathe the air under his nose hairs



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62212 No.2501   [Reply]

Registration is now open!
The Congress will be held in Sospel, Alpes-Maritimes, France, from the 19th to the 23rd of September 2022.
https://www.otterspecialistgroup.org/osg-newsite/register-now/

>> No.2503  

Just signed up, looking forward to meeting many otter friends

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I looked into registration, and it asked me what species of otters I work with. Sadly, I do not work with otters. Would it be inappropriate for me to attend, even virtually, without working with otters?

>> No.2587  

>>2586
I think it's fine, just check "other" or pick your favorite species

>> No.2588  

>>2586
Don't know if "work with" needs to be taken so strictly, it can be anything. Even something simple like small personal projects. Basically I don't see a need to gatekeep especially if you're there to see and learn



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