River Otters
River Otters

Here is a page of and about otters. Male otters can grow to be 50 pounds and with their tail can be 5 feet in length. Females are smaller. Families stay together for 2 years after the kits are born in the early spring.  The kits are born blind and can not swim.  The parents teach them to swim by dragging them into the water and forcing them to swim.  

  Five river otters magically appeared while I was sitting at the end of a swamp in the Quabbin. I watched them tear the place up for 90 minutes catching fish and playing.  They also came out of the water to mark their territory 3 times in the 90 minutes.  4/23/16

Five river otters magically appeared while I was sitting at the end of a swamp in the Quabbin. I watched them tear the place up for 90 minutes catching fish and playing.  They also came out of the water to mark their territory 3 times in the 90 minutes.  4/23/16

  Here are 3 of the 5 leaving the woods after rolling around in the grass and marking it with their scent.  After 90 minutes the mysteriously disappeared, like they appeared !   4/23/16

Here are 3 of the 5 leaving the woods after rolling around in the grass and marking it with their scent.  After 90 minutes the mysteriously disappeared, like they appeared !   4/23/16

  This otter popped up on the stump I usually see great blue and green herons fish from in the summer. He polished off a horn pout and left.  

This otter popped up on the stump I usually see great blue and green herons fish from in the summer. He polished off a horn pout and left.  

  This otter invited me to breakfast.  Luck for him I dont like sushi.  All the more for him.  At least he offered....

This otter invited me to breakfast.  Luck for him I dont like sushi.  All the more for him.  At least he offered....

  A close look at the faces of the river otters,  cute huh?  

A close look at the faces of the river otters,  cute huh?  

  I spotted these two river otters feeding on fish early this morning in one of my favorite ponds.  As I was watching one up popped the other with a fish and shook it very vigorously ...... 2/26/16

I spotted these two river otters feeding on fish early this morning in one of my favorite ponds.  As I was watching one up popped the other with a fish and shook it very vigorously ...... 2/26/16

Pals
Pals

And then there were two eating fish for breakfast!  2/26/16

  I took a family portrait of 5 river otters early this morning. Its always great fun to watch one or two but there was probably 2 adults and 3 young ones from last spring for a total of 5. What a blast!  Did you know rivers otters have 1 million hairs per square inch of skin? Thats how they can keep warm in ice cold water.  2/23/16

I took a family portrait of 5 river otters early this morning. Its always great fun to watch one or two but there was probably 2 adults and 3 young ones from last spring for a total of 5. What a blast!  Did you know rivers otters have 1 million hairs per square inch of skin? Thats how they can keep warm in ice cold water.  2/23/16

  Fresh fish for breakfast.  Can you see all 5 otters in this photo?  2/23/16

Fresh fish for breakfast.  Can you see all 5 otters in this photo?  2/23/16

Another day, another otter !
Another day, another otter !

This otter almost ran up my leg as I was standing along side a swamp !  He came out of the water and didn't see me standing there.  When he did he was 8 feet away and back in the water and starting snorting at me !  4/15/15

Otter
Otter

Otter can be found in waterways and open water at Quabbin.  They just love to play all the time. taken on 4/8/15

  It seems lately everywhere I go I find northern river otters.  I love these guys and could watch them and their antics all day.  The just seem to appear, let me into a small portion of their day, and are gone as magical as they appear.  Here's one of the  couple I saw today.  This pair I have seen a lot of as of late.  5/18/16

It seems lately everywhere I go I find northern river otters.  I love these guys and could watch them and their antics all day.  The just seem to appear, let me into a small portion of their day, and are gone as magical as they appear.  Here's one of the  couple I saw today.  This pair I have seen a lot of as of late.  5/18/16

"I heard that shutter"
"I heard that shutter"

This otter heard the shutter go off as I was hiding behind a pine tree. He stopped eating and  had to come closer to see what made the big pine tree go "click click !

  The same otter as in the last picture...... 5/18/16

The same otter as in the last picture...... 5/18/16

"Got any extra fish on ya?"
"Got any extra fish on ya?"

This otter popped up right in front of me ! He heard the camera as I took a photo when he was farther out and his curiosity got the best of him.

Otter
Otter

Another otter sitting by a hole in the ice he was fishing in. It would dive through the hole, catch a fish and return back to the surface to eat the fish. (taken 4/10/15)

Otter
Otter

Otter….Yummy fish !  Down the hatch  4/8/15

  As I was watching this heron sitting on a mud  and weedy patch in a swamp this otter popped up right in my viewfinder of the camera as I was looking at the heron !!   That will NEVER happen again to me.

As I was watching this heron sitting on a mud  and weedy patch in a swamp this otter popped up right in my viewfinder of the camera as I was looking at the heron !!   That will NEVER happen again to me.

  Here is the same adult otter as in the previous photo with three young ones peeking at me from behind in the tall swamp grass.

Here is the same adult otter as in the previous photo with three young ones peeking at me from behind in the tall swamp grass.

  Ho Hum,  another day, another otter     While sitting by a beaver pond this otter appeared fiercely fishing.  Every time it surfaced it shook its head violently.  I thought it would be fun to try to stop the action.  3/26/16

Ho Hum,  another day, another otter

While sitting by a beaver pond this otter appeared fiercely fishing.  Every time it surfaced it shook its head violently.  I thought it would be fun to try to stop the action.  3/26/16

"mmmm, sushi !  my favorite ! "
"mmmm, sushi ! my favorite ! "

I watched this river otter fish and then groom himself on a beaver lodge for about an hour.  It was a great show.  3/23/16

  Here is the otter relaxing on a beaver lodge after feeding on fish all morning.  I love these guys!!   3/23/16

Here is the otter relaxing on a beaver lodge after feeding on fish all morning.  I love these guys!!   3/23/16

  Something caught the attention of these three otters on the ice and even stopped one from eating his fish at Lake Mattawa in Orange, MA.

Something caught the attention of these three otters on the ice and even stopped one from eating his fish at Lake Mattawa in Orange, MA.

  I was walking up a dirt road by a beaver pond early one morning in the fall and heard this racket coming from the outfall ditch from the pond.  I spotted this otter going back and forth in the ditch fishing for small fish or frogs.  

I was walking up a dirt road by a beaver pond early one morning in the fall and heard this racket coming from the outfall ditch from the pond.  I spotted this otter going back and forth in the ditch fishing for small fish or frogs.  

  The same river otter looked straight at me and did not see me !  

The same river otter looked straight at me and did not see me !  

  Check out these teeth !!  

Check out these teeth !!  

  River Otters eat with their mouths straight up in the air sometimes to keep the fish  from flopping out.  This otter kit popped right up in front of me today and swam 35 feet in front of me and didn't see me up in the woods taking pictures of kingfishers. His back is to me here..... Never a dull moment !  7/25/16

River Otters eat with their mouths straight up in the air sometimes to keep the fish  from flopping out.  This otter kit popped right up in front of me today and swam 35 feet in front of me and didn't see me up in the woods taking pictures of kingfishers. His back is to me here..... Never a dull moment !  7/25/16

  I was sitting on the shore up near the shoreline/forest line and had been there about 45 minutes when this otter came by. He heard the click of my shutter and turned around and came back to check it out.  Ive seen them do this before as sometime their curiosity gets the better of them.

I was sitting on the shore up near the shoreline/forest line and had been there about 45 minutes when this otter came by. He heard the click of my shutter and turned around and came back to check it out.  Ive seen them do this before as sometime their curiosity gets the better of them.

  A northern river otter found me this morning.  They are hard to see in the summer because they like to stay hidden in the lily pads.  The click of my camera was to much for this ones curiosity and he just had to stop and check me out!  7/18/16

A northern river otter found me this morning.  They are hard to see in the summer because they like to stay hidden in the lily pads.  The click of my camera was to much for this ones curiosity and he just had to stop and check me out!  7/18/16

  Landlord - tenant dispute......

Landlord - tenant dispute......

  I couldn't resist seeing if the otters were back this morning and they were arriving just as I  was !! .  I had a one hour and thirty minute show this morning !  

I couldn't resist seeing if the otters were back this morning and they were arriving just as I  was !! .  I had a one hour and thirty minute show this morning !  

  Nothin like a "good ole wrasslin match" with a family member on the ice during breakfast.  Notice the mouth full of teeth just below the otter on the right's neck !  

Nothin like a "good ole wrasslin match" with a family member on the ice during breakfast.  Notice the mouth full of teeth just below the otter on the right's neck !  

I stumbled upon 3 more otters out fishing and playing this morning.
I stumbled upon 3 more otters out fishing and playing this morning.

Of all the animals I seen in my travels I love seeing the otter because I know I will always get a good show.  These 3 were intent on fishing and although they knew I was there, as you can see, they stayed playing , wrestling and fishing for about 15 minutes before moving on.  3/5/16

  A northern river otter snacks on his mid morning fish.  Looks deee-lish huh ?  :)  8/3/16

A northern river otter snacks on his mid morning fish.  Looks deee-lish huh ?  :)  8/3/16

  Another river otter popped up in front of me today.  You can see why they are hard to see in the summer.  They swim just under the leaves looking for food.  8/3/16

Another river otter popped up in front of me today.  You can see why they are hard to see in the summer.  They swim just under the leaves looking for food.  8/3/16

  It was cold and whipping winds this morning but this young river otter didn't seem to care as long as he had fish to catch !  9/30/16

It was cold and whipping winds this morning but this young river otter didn't seem to care as long as he had fish to catch !  9/30/16

River Otter
River Otter

A magic moment when this otter spotted me taking pictures along the shore of Quabbin and decided to take a closer look at what the clicking sound was. After he decided I was no threat he bid me farewell and went along his way.  11/29/15

"hey mister, ya got any fish?"
"hey mister, ya got any fish?"

The same otter as in the last photo.... funny critters for sure !  11/29/15

  I found this northern river otter rolling in the snow after fishing for his breakfast in the Quabbin Reservoir this morning.  I watched him for about 45 minutes.  I love these guys and its always fun to watch them in their world.  1/19/17

I found this northern river otter rolling in the snow after fishing for his breakfast in the Quabbin Reservoir this morning.  I watched him for about 45 minutes.  I love these guys and its always fun to watch them in their world.  1/19/17

  This week has been a great week to sit like a rock, and it payed off........this otter decided he wanted to eat his fish almost on my boots.......  5/11/17

This week has been a great week to sit like a rock, and it payed off........this otter decided he wanted to eat his fish almost on my boots.......  5/11/17

  This morning I played another game of "hide and seek" with an adult otter and one of its young ones.  The covered lots of ground in the pond.  Finally they came in view long enough for a couple of shots. You can see the young one peeking up over the adults back. 8/2/17

This morning I played another game of "hide and seek" with an adult otter and one of its young ones.  The covered lots of ground in the pond.  Finally they came in view long enough for a couple of shots. You can see the young one peeking up over the adults back. 8/2/17

  (Now kids, this is how we jump off a log)  I found this family of otters this morning exploring the beaver pond they were learning to fish in.  Northern river otters always crack me up watching them and kits are even funnier !  7/23/27

(Now kids, this is how we jump off a log)  I found this family of otters this morning exploring the beaver pond they were learning to fish in.  Northern river otters always crack me up watching them and kits are even funnier !  7/23/27

  You never know what will pop up at a Quabbin beaver pond.  This otter stuck his head up in front of me with a crayfish in his mouth.  7/17/17

You never know what will pop up at a Quabbin beaver pond.  This otter stuck his head up in front of me with a crayfish in his mouth.  7/17/17

  Every now and then a northern river otter appears as if by magic to check me out  8/10/19

Every now and then a northern river otter appears as if by magic to check me out  8/10/19

River Otters
  Five river otters magically appeared while I was sitting at the end of a swamp in the Quabbin. I watched them tear the place up for 90 minutes catching fish and playing.  They also came out of the water to mark their territory 3 times in the 90 minutes.  4/23/16
  Here are 3 of the 5 leaving the woods after rolling around in the grass and marking it with their scent.  After 90 minutes the mysteriously disappeared, like they appeared !   4/23/16
  This otter popped up on the stump I usually see great blue and green herons fish from in the summer. He polished off a horn pout and left.  
  This otter invited me to breakfast.  Luck for him I dont like sushi.  All the more for him.  At least he offered....
  A close look at the faces of the river otters,  cute huh?  
  I spotted these two river otters feeding on fish early this morning in one of my favorite ponds.  As I was watching one up popped the other with a fish and shook it very vigorously ...... 2/26/16
Pals
  I took a family portrait of 5 river otters early this morning. Its always great fun to watch one or two but there was probably 2 adults and 3 young ones from last spring for a total of 5. What a blast!  Did you know rivers otters have 1 million hairs per square inch of skin? Thats how they can keep warm in ice cold water.  2/23/16
  Fresh fish for breakfast.  Can you see all 5 otters in this photo?  2/23/16
Another day, another otter !
Otter
  It seems lately everywhere I go I find northern river otters.  I love these guys and could watch them and their antics all day.  The just seem to appear, let me into a small portion of their day, and are gone as magical as they appear.  Here's one of the  couple I saw today.  This pair I have seen a lot of as of late.  5/18/16
"I heard that shutter"
  The same otter as in the last picture...... 5/18/16
"Got any extra fish on ya?"
Otter
Otter
  As I was watching this heron sitting on a mud  and weedy patch in a swamp this otter popped up right in my viewfinder of the camera as I was looking at the heron !!   That will NEVER happen again to me.
  Here is the same adult otter as in the previous photo with three young ones peeking at me from behind in the tall swamp grass.
  Ho Hum,  another day, another otter     While sitting by a beaver pond this otter appeared fiercely fishing.  Every time it surfaced it shook its head violently.  I thought it would be fun to try to stop the action.  3/26/16
"mmmm, sushi !  my favorite ! "
  Here is the otter relaxing on a beaver lodge after feeding on fish all morning.  I love these guys!!   3/23/16
  Something caught the attention of these three otters on the ice and even stopped one from eating his fish at Lake Mattawa in Orange, MA.
  I was walking up a dirt road by a beaver pond early one morning in the fall and heard this racket coming from the outfall ditch from the pond.  I spotted this otter going back and forth in the ditch fishing for small fish or frogs.  
  The same river otter looked straight at me and did not see me !  
  Check out these teeth !!  
  River Otters eat with their mouths straight up in the air sometimes to keep the fish  from flopping out.  This otter kit popped right up in front of me today and swam 35 feet in front of me and didn't see me up in the woods taking pictures of kingfishers. His back is to me here..... Never a dull moment !  7/25/16
  I was sitting on the shore up near the shoreline/forest line and had been there about 45 minutes when this otter came by. He heard the click of my shutter and turned around and came back to check it out.  Ive seen them do this before as sometime their curiosity gets the better of them.
  A northern river otter found me this morning.  They are hard to see in the summer because they like to stay hidden in the lily pads.  The click of my camera was to much for this ones curiosity and he just had to stop and check me out!  7/18/16
  Landlord - tenant dispute......
  I couldn't resist seeing if the otters were back this morning and they were arriving just as I  was !! .  I had a one hour and thirty minute show this morning !  
  Nothin like a "good ole wrasslin match" with a family member on the ice during breakfast.  Notice the mouth full of teeth just below the otter on the right's neck !  
I stumbled upon 3 more otters out fishing and playing this morning.
  A northern river otter snacks on his mid morning fish.  Looks deee-lish huh ?  :)  8/3/16
  Another river otter popped up in front of me today.  You can see why they are hard to see in the summer.  They swim just under the leaves looking for food.  8/3/16
  It was cold and whipping winds this morning but this young river otter didn't seem to care as long as he had fish to catch !  9/30/16
River Otter
"hey mister, ya got any fish?"
  I found this northern river otter rolling in the snow after fishing for his breakfast in the Quabbin Reservoir this morning.  I watched him for about 45 minutes.  I love these guys and its always fun to watch them in their world.  1/19/17
  This week has been a great week to sit like a rock, and it payed off........this otter decided he wanted to eat his fish almost on my boots.......  5/11/17
  This morning I played another game of "hide and seek" with an adult otter and one of its young ones.  The covered lots of ground in the pond.  Finally they came in view long enough for a couple of shots. You can see the young one peeking up over the adults back. 8/2/17
  (Now kids, this is how we jump off a log)  I found this family of otters this morning exploring the beaver pond they were learning to fish in.  Northern river otters always crack me up watching them and kits are even funnier !  7/23/27
  You never know what will pop up at a Quabbin beaver pond.  This otter stuck his head up in front of me with a crayfish in his mouth.  7/17/17
  Every now and then a northern river otter appears as if by magic to check me out  8/10/19
River Otters

Here is a page of and about otters. Male otters can grow to be 50 pounds and with their tail can be 5 feet in length. Females are smaller. Families stay together for 2 years after the kits are born in the early spring.  The kits are born blind and can not swim.  The parents teach them to swim by dragging them into the water and forcing them to swim.  

Five river otters magically appeared while I was sitting at the end of a swamp in the Quabbin. I watched them tear the place up for 90 minutes catching fish and playing.  They also came out of the water to mark their territory 3 times in the 90 minutes.  4/23/16

Here are 3 of the 5 leaving the woods after rolling around in the grass and marking it with their scent.  After 90 minutes the mysteriously disappeared, like they appeared !   4/23/16

This otter popped up on the stump I usually see great blue and green herons fish from in the summer. He polished off a horn pout and left.  

This otter invited me to breakfast.  Luck for him I dont like sushi.  All the more for him.  At least he offered....

A close look at the faces of the river otters,  cute huh?  

I spotted these two river otters feeding on fish early this morning in one of my favorite ponds.  As I was watching one up popped the other with a fish and shook it very vigorously ...... 2/26/16

Pals

And then there were two eating fish for breakfast!  2/26/16

I took a family portrait of 5 river otters early this morning. Its always great fun to watch one or two but there was probably 2 adults and 3 young ones from last spring for a total of 5. What a blast!  Did you know rivers otters have 1 million hairs per square inch of skin? Thats how they can keep warm in ice cold water.  2/23/16

Fresh fish for breakfast.  Can you see all 5 otters in this photo?  2/23/16

Another day, another otter !

This otter almost ran up my leg as I was standing along side a swamp !  He came out of the water and didn't see me standing there.  When he did he was 8 feet away and back in the water and starting snorting at me !  4/15/15

Otter

Otter can be found in waterways and open water at Quabbin.  They just love to play all the time. taken on 4/8/15

It seems lately everywhere I go I find northern river otters.  I love these guys and could watch them and their antics all day.  The just seem to appear, let me into a small portion of their day, and are gone as magical as they appear.  Here's one of the  couple I saw today.  This pair I have seen a lot of as of late.  5/18/16

"I heard that shutter"

This otter heard the shutter go off as I was hiding behind a pine tree. He stopped eating and  had to come closer to see what made the big pine tree go "click click !

The same otter as in the last picture...... 5/18/16

"Got any extra fish on ya?"

This otter popped up right in front of me ! He heard the camera as I took a photo when he was farther out and his curiosity got the best of him.

Otter

Another otter sitting by a hole in the ice he was fishing in. It would dive through the hole, catch a fish and return back to the surface to eat the fish. (taken 4/10/15)

Otter

Otter….Yummy fish !  Down the hatch  4/8/15

As I was watching this heron sitting on a mud  and weedy patch in a swamp this otter popped up right in my viewfinder of the camera as I was looking at the heron !!   That will NEVER happen again to me.

Here is the same adult otter as in the previous photo with three young ones peeking at me from behind in the tall swamp grass.

Ho Hum,  another day, another otter

While sitting by a beaver pond this otter appeared fiercely fishing.  Every time it surfaced it shook its head violently.  I thought it would be fun to try to stop the action.  3/26/16

"mmmm, sushi ! my favorite ! "

I watched this river otter fish and then groom himself on a beaver lodge for about an hour.  It was a great show.  3/23/16

Here is the otter relaxing on a beaver lodge after feeding on fish all morning.  I love these guys!!   3/23/16

Something caught the attention of these three otters on the ice and even stopped one from eating his fish at Lake Mattawa in Orange, MA.

I was walking up a dirt road by a beaver pond early one morning in the fall and heard this racket coming from the outfall ditch from the pond.  I spotted this otter going back and forth in the ditch fishing for small fish or frogs.  

The same river otter looked straight at me and did not see me !  

Check out these teeth !!  

River Otters eat with their mouths straight up in the air sometimes to keep the fish  from flopping out.  This otter kit popped right up in front of me today and swam 35 feet in front of me and didn't see me up in the woods taking pictures of kingfishers. His back is to me here..... Never a dull moment !  7/25/16

I was sitting on the shore up near the shoreline/forest line and had been there about 45 minutes when this otter came by. He heard the click of my shutter and turned around and came back to check it out.  Ive seen them do this before as sometime their curiosity gets the better of them.

A northern river otter found me this morning.  They are hard to see in the summer because they like to stay hidden in the lily pads.  The click of my camera was to much for this ones curiosity and he just had to stop and check me out!  7/18/16

Landlord - tenant dispute......

I couldn't resist seeing if the otters were back this morning and they were arriving just as I  was !! .  I had a one hour and thirty minute show this morning !  

Nothin like a "good ole wrasslin match" with a family member on the ice during breakfast.  Notice the mouth full of teeth just below the otter on the right's neck !  

I stumbled upon 3 more otters out fishing and playing this morning.

Of all the animals I seen in my travels I love seeing the otter because I know I will always get a good show.  These 3 were intent on fishing and although they knew I was there, as you can see, they stayed playing , wrestling and fishing for about 15 minutes before moving on.  3/5/16

A northern river otter snacks on his mid morning fish.  Looks deee-lish huh ?  :)  8/3/16

Another river otter popped up in front of me today.  You can see why they are hard to see in the summer.  They swim just under the leaves looking for food.  8/3/16

It was cold and whipping winds this morning but this young river otter didn't seem to care as long as he had fish to catch !  9/30/16

River Otter

A magic moment when this otter spotted me taking pictures along the shore of Quabbin and decided to take a closer look at what the clicking sound was. After he decided I was no threat he bid me farewell and went along his way.  11/29/15

"hey mister, ya got any fish?"

The same otter as in the last photo.... funny critters for sure !  11/29/15

I found this northern river otter rolling in the snow after fishing for his breakfast in the Quabbin Reservoir this morning.  I watched him for about 45 minutes.  I love these guys and its always fun to watch them in their world.  1/19/17

This week has been a great week to sit like a rock, and it payed off........this otter decided he wanted to eat his fish almost on my boots.......  5/11/17

This morning I played another game of "hide and seek" with an adult otter and one of its young ones.  The covered lots of ground in the pond.  Finally they came in view long enough for a couple of shots. You can see the young one peeking up over the adults back. 8/2/17

(Now kids, this is how we jump off a log)  I found this family of otters this morning exploring the beaver pond they were learning to fish in.  Northern river otters always crack me up watching them and kits are even funnier !  7/23/27

You never know what will pop up at a Quabbin beaver pond.  This otter stuck his head up in front of me with a crayfish in his mouth.  7/17/17

Every now and then a northern river otter appears as if by magic to check me out  8/10/19

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