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Old 08-15-2015, 11:31 PM   #1
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I watched this otter ramble along the sand bar, go into the water and catch a fish. It halted on the way out for a snack, and then continued coming out of the water with a big fish, a Starry Flounder, Platichthys stellatus.
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Old 08-16-2015, 01:36 PM   #2
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Very cool!

I have been fascinated by otters since I was a little kid.

Just the other day, we were at a place in the Poconos with a pond--the woman there said they sometimes see an otter! Makes me wonder...if (I mean *when*) I get my larger pond dug, is there any chance I could attract an otter--just for a visit...I can't imagine there would be enough of anything to sustain one for very long.

Earlier this summer, I bought a liner that is 20-something feet long...gee, I can't remember. I'm assuming the pond will be around 18-20 ft X 5 or so. After seeing a man-made pond that joined to the huge pond at that place in the Poconos, I realized just how small my "larger" pond will be.
Although, I guess, based on the size of the clearing I have for it, it might look like it fits the space--but less water means less wildlife supported.

How far do otters travel out of the water?
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Old 08-16-2015, 01:49 PM   #3
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They must travel a fair distance as I had one in the garden last year and there is no water near to us, perhaps a few hundred yards away in a gully.
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They must travel a fair distance as I had one in the garden last year and there is no water near to us, perhaps a few hundred yards away in a gully.
How cool is that! Are you out in the country? Surrounded by natural areas?

I'm in the country...some woods, some farmland, and now a lot of bulldozed land . There is a pretty wide creek not too far from us...I have to wonder if I have a chance of seeing them in my own yard!
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Yes, there are trees all around and a golf course. The gully has a river running through it to the sea. I think that is where the otter came from.
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Yes, there are trees all around and a golf course. The gully has a river running through it to the sea. I think that is where the otter came from.
I guess a river to the sea is a bit more than a wide creek...who knows if they are around me or not...but, the Poconos is only about 45 minutes to an hour from me...if they are there, I'm assuming they could be here.
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I watched this otter ramble along the sand bar, go into the water and catch a fish. It halted on the way out for a snack, and then continued coming out of the water with a big fish, a Starry Flounder, Platichthys stellatus.
Whoa!!!!! So great a shot!!!
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Haven't seen one of those in a few years.
Used to see them playing with one another on the river here and there till civilization whacked half the trees down to sell slots. Isn't the same and never will be thanks to MAN!
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Haven't seen one of those in a few years.
Used to see them playing with one another on the river here and there till civilization whacked half the trees down to sell slots. Isn't the same and never will be thanks to MAN!
That really sucks...I hate to dwell on negatives, but I have to say that the habitat destruction I'm seeing even just around us is very discouraging to say the least.
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